Essay by njsurferCollege, UndergraduateA+, May 2003

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What the Movies Show Us

Throughout the various movies that have been based off of the novel Frankenstein, they have been surprisingly different. The fact that the book is so famous is because they would keep the movies true to the author's point of view. The movies also suggest the fact that eugenics was the reason they were created. The public did not think that it was right for someone to play God. The movies were to set examples of how this process could possibly go wrong.

When I first saw the movie Frankenstein, I realized that Hollywood was still changing the classic novels. In their usual fashion, they changed the names of the characters to be somewhat pleasing to the audience. I guess Henry Frankenstein was a better wholesome name than Victor Frankenstein. Instead they saved the name Victor for the supporting actor because no one would care what they named him.

Next they changed Elizabeth to Margaret for some unknown reason. By movie standards today, the monster looked like a man in bad makeup and stiff acting.

In Mary Shelley's original interpretation, I envision a monster with pale Caucasian skin color, misshapen limbs and with more vocabularies than grunting noises. I have come to the realization that the 1931 movie review of Frankenstein and I share the same opinions for the movie. Though I did find the acting and the makeup mediocre, in 1931 it was said that is was the most effective of its kind. The background and scenery impressed me. Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory was indeed impressive. The elaborate machinery and sound effects added to the sense that life was being created, though they

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really did go into great detail as to how life was brought back from the dead. The review says that the...