Mary Shellys Frankenstein - Movie Analysis Essay

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Mary Shelly's Frankenstein - Movie Analysis

Differences and Similarities
Differences and Similarities are used to emphasize certain aspects of things. This idea
is commonly when a movie is made that is based on a book. The director of the movie may
choose to keep details in his movie that adheres to the details in the book that the movie
is based on. He may also choose to change some details from the book to what he perceives
to be more fitting. In the case of Frankenstein the novel and the 1995 movie version of
Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, there were notable differences and similarities. The
differences dealing with the education of the monster and the ending of the story, and
similarity dealing with the turning point of the story help create a better understanding
of this complex story.

A notable difference between the book and the movie was the education of the Monster.
They both focus around the Monster's time spent watching the De Lacey's. In the movie his
time was devoted mostly to just watching the family and how they acted towards each other.
He learned quite quickly how to speak and read and learned to understand the different
emotions people possessed. The only justification of the Monster's rapid learning process
is that in a movie not a great deal of time can be spent on this or else the movie would
drag on. Although not a lot of time was spent on showing the development of the Monster's
education in the movie, the book however went into great detail in describing its
education. During his stay in the shack near the De Lacey's cottage the Monster came
across four books that would enlighten him and show the reader the learning of the Monster
step by step. The first book was Volney's Ruins of Empires. This book ??gave [the
monster] an insight into the manners, government, and religions of the different nations
of the earth.? (Shelly 147) It also gave insight of the origins of humanity. The second
book that the Monster came across was a volume of Plutarch's Lives. This book ? taught
[the Monster] high thoughts; [Plutarch] elevated [the Monster] above the wretched sphere
of [his] own reflection, to admire and love the heroes of past ages.? (Shelly 156) The
book also expanded the Monster's horizons to the political. The third book the Monster
read was the Sorrows of Werter by Goethe. This enlightened him on the domestic world.
The last book that the Monster read was Paradise Lost by Milton. This book introduced him
to the cosmic world. Through this book he learned the most about himself and his creator.
He was able to compare himself to the characters of Adam, Eve and Satan. With all of
this newly acquired knowledge, the Monster was able to understand his surroundings and the
interactions that took place in them. The development of the Monster's education is
reflected better in the book because the reader grasps the step by step progress of the
learning. In the movie, this process occurs very fast and it is hard to get a good
understanding of what the Monster is truly feeling.


A similarity that exists between the novel and movie is the Monster's actions after the De
Lacey family shuns him. The Monster finally decides to show himself to the eldest De
Lacey first. He believes that since the old man is blind, he will not be judged by his
physical appearance. The Monster waited until everyone was out of the cabin except for
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