Analysis of Frankenstein From Shelley's Novel to Branagh's Film
Branagh's adaptation of Mary Shelly's novel was fairly good with
significant changes to Shelly's text; however this was done to
illuminate what he considers to be the major themes of the novel, eg
the dangers of the relentless pursuit of science and Victor's
Victors love interest with Elizabeth in the film is much more intense
compared to what is described in the novel as communication is mostly
through letters, whereas in the film Branagh has Elizabeth follow him
left, right and centre, she even comes to his sick bed after the
creation. This however is for the interest of the audience as many
people enjoy love stories, so that element clearly had to be present.
That is the same reason why Elizabethhad to die so bravely, as the
audience would not be satisfied with strangulation. By bringing
Elizabeth back it showed Victors love for her and also emphasised the
suffering of the "creature", as we saw her beauty in the beginning
compared with her later incarnation, which gave her a lot of rage on
seeing her ugliness. Another difference to the text is the way that
Victors mother's death occurs, as she dies through childbirth, Branagh
is overwriting aspects of Shelly's life and putting it in his
adaption,as Shelly's mother died while giving birth to her.
Branagh also changes Victors relationship with his father, instead of
being a retired Public Official he is what Victor aspires to be, a
Doctor. After having his mother die, Victor vows to overcome death by
restoring life. Branagh shows Victor to be an intense man who is
unable to accept God's natural order of life and death, he made a good
Victor but I am not entirely certain that he emphasized victor's
selfishness or the reality of the conflict with his monster properly.
As in Shelley's novel victors reaction is "the beauty of the dream
vanished and disgust filled my heart", but Branaghs film attempts to
address why he abandons the monster and also how close Victor was to
his family. This makes it even more triadic to bare witness to their
deaths, especially when the...