How Are We Made To Feel Sympathy For The Creature "Frankenstein"?

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Kenneth Branagh's "Frankenstein" is a film adaptation of the 18th century Gothic novel by Mary Shelley. In this film adaptation the overall genre is Horror. Frankenstein is commonly thought of as being a monster in contrast in this adaptation Frankenstein is actually the creator. In comparison to other Adaptations Frankenstein is allied asbeing a monster. I will be investigating why we as the audience, feel sympathy for the Creation.Firstly before we actually see the movie we already are prejudice against the creation. This is due to the Genre classification of Horror. Immediately as we see horror we think of evil, hate and death. This is partially correct-it is a horror as it does include death,however it includes life. This adaptation we are made to feel sympathyin a way that challenges the popular misconception.Our feeling of sympathy increases as the movie progresses, as more and more characters in this movie become increasingly prejudiced. For example in the beginning of the creation's life the creator realises what he has done when it is too late. As he writes in his journal he quotes "Serious BIRTH defects..." this relates to birth. We symbolise birth with beauty and happiness. In deep contrast, in this birth it includes pain and ugliness. When the creation is in the Birth Chamber there is a High angle view with an ECU (Extreme Close Up) that show the truly ugliness scars of the creature as Frankenstein repeatedly quotes "live". But after so much struggle and desperation of wanting the creature to live Frankenstein realises what horrors and evil he has done. He rejects the Creature before he even gets to know it. This makes the audience feel even more empathy because we can all relate to the creatures rejections some more than others but yet we still relate so we end up feeling sympathy for the creature.The colours in this scene are dark which symbolises the darkness that resides in the creation. However this is only unlocked due to the characters in this movie being prejudiced to him.In the following scene the creature is chased by a mob. The mob accuses him of being the spreader of the cholera. Everyone fears him,fear leads to hate and hate leads to anger and it is this anger that the mob unleashes onto the creation. When the creation is backed up into the corner the camera circles round making us feel secluded so we therefore once again link ourselves to the creation. This therefore increases our sympathy for the creature. So-far the creature has been rejected from his creator and rejected from society. So the creaturefleas, he hides among some dead bodies, he easily blends in with the dead which is actually quite humorous because he is made from the dead. So as it fleas his seeks refuge. As he is seeking refuge he crosses a lake with white swans on it. This is a visual contrast between light and dark. The Swans represent light/good and the Creation resembles dark/evil. This is allowing the audience to understand what the creation is...

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