How To Compare And Contrast Frankenstein Book Vs Movie

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Frankenstein- Life Recreated in Versions of Mad Scientist Have you ever put your heart and soul into a dream? And wanted that project to work so badly that your heart raced, your muscles ached, your ribcage seemed to cinch in so tightly you couldn’t draw a breath? Yet you couldn’t stop moving because you were on the brink of realizing the very dream you built your life around? That is where Mary Shelley’s Dr. Frankenstein is—poised over the sewn together corpse he’s sought to shock into life. Frankenstein is shaking in anticipation, “with an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, [he] collects the instruments of life around [him], that [he] might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lays before at [his]feet” [34-35] Two Frankenstein movies, one version produced in 1931, directed by Whale and one produced in 1994 directed by Branagh, try to show this very moment in Mary Shelley’s novel, but they do it in different ways and I believe the directors use different methods based on when the movies were created. Both audiences and film-makers have become savvier in comprehending the stories…show more content…
He’s a thin, nervous almost jittery scientist in a lab coat, who tells the three people he’s brought as witnesses he’s crazy. He makes sweeping statements: “I’ve gone beyond death,” “That body is not dead. It has never lived. I made it with my own hands from the bodies I took from the grave, from the gallows, anywhere.” He might be so talkative because he’s explaining the situation to the unseen movie audience, in essence telling the viewers what they need to know to interpret the story. Then he draws his former professor’s attention to the blanket-draped corpse, which in turn guides the viewers’ attention. The deep focus camera technique underscores the “Look here, audience” directive. The corpse and the scientist, with the mad gleaming eyes and manic expression who looms over the corpse, dominate the

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