The Myths of Frankenstein
The novel Frankenstein has evolved from the many years of changes to the original novel from 1818. Through the use of different media, Frankenstein has been misperceived from the original classic. From children’s cartoons to major films, many have retold this masterpiece, leaving the viewer with a different interpretation of what Mary Shelly intended for her novel. The new interpretations range from a comedic effect to the modern day thriller. A factor that the novel has been retold in different interpretations is the multidimensionality-it’s weaving together of many themes including birth, death, the family, science, and God (Picart). This contributed to the many different representations of Frankenstein.
A major film that has a completely different interpretation of Frankenstein is The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The Rocky Horror Picture Show enables the characters who are normally coded as “monstrous” by virtue of their aging or bizarrely costumed bodies within the conventional horror genre to command the narrative fluctuations across horror and laughter, rather than simply be victims (Picart). The context of this movie is entirely different from what we know as the classic Frankenstein. The raucously and lasciviously gender-crossing Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show became the primary force in…show more content… Frankenstein-not the creature that is sewn together and brought to life (Green). Many do not realize that the creature does not have a name until they have actually read the novel. Confusion comes about during the Halloween season. Many individuals enjoy dressing up in costume as the monster and the Bride of Frankenstein. These costumes are labeled Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein, leading to more confusion. Frankenstein has become a popular staple in Halloween costumes and will continue to do so for years to