Frankenstein in Print and on Film Comparison Essay by cee-cee

Frankenstein in Print and on Film
This paper compares and contrasts Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' and James Whale's film 'Frankenstein'.
# 109631 | 1,535 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 04, 2008 in Literature (English) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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In this article, the writer notes that Whale's 'Frankenstein', although based on Mary Shelley's classic tale of a young Victor Frankenstein seeking ultimate knowledge through experiments with the dead, was also based on a number of earlier stage versions. Thus, the differences between Shelley's novel and Whale's film version in the context of what was gained and what was lost can be explained by the artistic need to simplify and condense Shelley's long and complex plot into an enjoyable ninety minutes of sheer terror, mayhem and murder. It should be mentioned that Whale's version of the novel has come to epitomize our current vision of the Frankenstein monster, created by Universal Studios rather than from the original novel. The writer concludes that there are many scenes in Whale's film version that adds substantially to Shelley's original tale, yet because it is a film, it cannot convey the true depth and pathos of Shelley's novel in a mere ninety minutes.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • Frankenstein, James Whale

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