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Select three scenes from the film "Frankenstein" that it shows it belongs to the horror genre.

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Select three scenes from the film "Frankenstein" that it shows it belongs to the horror genre. The famous gothic horror novel "Frankenstein" was published in the early nineteenth century by the unconventional author, Mary Shelley. The gaps between society, whether a person was affluent and wealthy or destitute and impoverished was an important factor in the Victorian era. Male authority and power dominated both private and public life. Mary Godwin from her youth was a rebel of this culture, so she escaped at the tender age of sixteen to lead a more unconventional lifestyle in the literacy circle with her new husband, Percy Shelley. Eventually, she started writing and completed the horror-based book of "Frankenstein" after a period of calamities, which overwhelmed her life. The book was completed due to Mary's comprehensive knowledge of science, which she then applied to create an extraordinary horror based novel. Scientists at that time were also discussing the possibility of brining back the dead back to life. One particular scientist, Erasmus Darwin-suggested that this was possible. Another one actually revived some dead tissue by using electricity; his name was Luigi Galvani. These scientists were learning more about the human body. They were learning about the way blood circulates and the way the human nervous system works-part of this was the way 'synaptic nerves' sent electrical messages around the body. The general public was very interested in these developments and breakthroughs. People were very religious. The suggestion that man could have the same powers as God was shocking to the church. Religious people would have been absolutely appalled that men could challenge Gods authority. It was popular held belief that women simply did not possess the knowledge to challenge the quality of any male produced book, though she verified this was not true. ...read more.


The opening shot is a long shot, which incorporates the entire ship and entire landscape, which is at sea and infact is describing the situation of the crew. Already the artic atmosphere shows the coldness ands frantic tension that is currently being endured. The colours are dark, which indicates forth-coming danger and the music consistently increases to maximum pitch, which coincides with the ship approaching the iceberg. As the ship has been taken off course these features create the horror, making the film frightening and menacing. As almost immediately the ship approaches the iceberg, the music reaches its height, signifying there will be damage. As soon as the ship hits the iceberg, the music is stressed, and suddenly there are rapid shots, which convey the emotions of apprehension and dismay. This clearly identifies horror. Music takes control of the scene, as it is linked with the current pictures being portrayed of the crewmen not being capable of steering the ship. The music tends to jump, but shortly after the music elevates rapidly, the film displays a crewman being tossed overboard into the icy cold water. A riveting finale ends the scene with a dramatic bang. We can observe the ship trapped in the pure white ice, which seems to be untouched by any creature. This type of scene shows horror as it gives the impression that there is nothing in the distance to depend on or to be afraid of it, as well as indicating the isolation of the crew. The music in this scene has completely ceased giving the impression of tranquillity and calmness. The crew are anxious and agitated, shown by their tiredness and their opinion of the situation, which they presume they will not survive, due to he food shortages as well as hypothermia. ...read more.


A flash of lightening materialises, the monster is upon the skylight looking at her. The different camera angles depict the monster's aura surrounding the room. The monster unexpectedly is upon Elizabeth, and Elizabeth's white gown and the monster's black clothes merging show the resemblance between evil and good. The music is really tense and builds up, which coincides with the events occurring. The close up of the faces also recognises the ugliness of the monster and the beauty of Elizabeth, as good and evil are in silent conflict with each other. The close up however also illustrates the fear and agony of Elizabeth, the weakness of Elizabeth and the strength of the monster. The camera concentrates on Victor, who suddenly sees the door of Elizabeth's room open. As Victor bangs on the door violently, the monster appears to be disoriented and flummoxed, shown by the camera shots. The monster punches into Elizabeth's chest and literally rips her heart out. The squelching heard is a very effective sound effect. The blood and heart are examples of special effects. The heart is still efficiently pulsing and the heartbeat can be heard. This effect has been exaggerated to shock and alarm the audience. This scene horrifies the audience, as it is probably the most horrific and gruesome and inhumane scene in the entire film. Various characteristics of the film immeasurably help to enhance the emotions and in this case- fear. The different mediums of film creation such as special effects, setting, colour and sound and techniques such as camera angles and close up shots effectively aid and create the horror that this film is ultimately portraying. Shelley had the ability to horrify us without such paranormal torments but through psychological torments. This film proves to be a morally sensitive film, regarding not to interfere in human nature. ...read more.

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