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Mary Shelleys Frankenstein Com Essay

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In Kenneth Branaghs film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the director, Kenneth Branagh sticks to the major themes of the original book with minute changes. There are many similarities and differences between the book and Kenneth Branagh’s adaptation of the book. I believe Mary Shelley wanted readers to catch the themes of child abandonment, presented in Victor abandoning his creature. She also wanted readers to have compassion and sympathy for the abandoned creature that Victor created out of dead body parts. Shelley wanted the creature to be similar to Victor in many ways. Shelley wanted to show the relation between life and death, and the unbreakable laws of nature. Shelley wanted readers to realize that we need to accept life and death, and not try to control it because life is the “Act of God'; and we cannot change that. She was implying that there are consequences for fooling with these laws of life and death. Even if you can create life out of dead body parts, just doing that, may ruin your whole perspective of the world, and throw anyone into a state of depression. This movie “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein'; by Kenneth Branagh is a good representation of the original book overall, except for a few changes in plot, setting, characters,, and the relationships between them.
     There are many similarities and differences in the plot between the book and the latest Frankenstein film. Kenneth Branagh wanted to show the main ideas of this book so he tried not to change the plot to much. In the original book the explanation of how the creature was made was not to clear so Branagh could try to imply that it is possible to create a life out of dead body parts. Shelley expressed the creation of the creature in the book was something like unnatural childbirth. Kenneth Branagh interpreted this and used amniotic fluid in a metal encasing, and put needles into certain pressure points of the body. This was almost like a manmade womb, and it surely represented the theme of unnatural childbirth that Shelley brings to our attention in her novel. The little girl the creature saves in the book is about to drown when the creature saves her. In the film a man is trying to hurt the little girl and the creature pushes the guy out of the way, to save her. Then he gets invited into the cottage by a blind man, but when Felix a family member of the blind man shows up he hits the creature with a broomstick many times showing how many people see only what’s on the outside. In the book Felix tried to shoot him....

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