“The prisoner is not the one who has committed a crime, but the one who clings to his crime and lives it over and over.” Henry Miller

Contrary to popular belief that it is a fine line that separates a prisoner from an inmate, I believe that there is a distinctive difference between being a prisoner and being an inmate. Taking into account the literary definition that a prisoner is an individual who “is legally committed to prison as a punishment for crimes they have committed”, I strongly disagree that a prisoner is merely limited to someone who is legally committed to prison. In this essay, I will explore and justify – with regards to the movie Frankenstein – how a prisoner is also an individual who is mentally imprisoned by the consequences of his or her actions.

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Firstly, it is seen throughout the movie that scientist Victor Frankenstein constantly suffers the repercussions of creating life in the form of his “monster creation, Frankenstein”. Though Victor Frankenstein is not a prisoner per se by literary definition, his constant struggle with his action and enslavement to his creation has given viewers reason enough to think of him as a prisoner of his own actions. His constant nightmares of Victor Frankenstein is a further indication that in his thoughts, he is constantly reliving his action of creating Frankenstein. Here we see how Victor Frankenstein clings to his action of ...

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