Essay on Frankenstein - Societal Changes in Film

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A Look at the Story of Frankenstein and the Societal Changes in Film Frankenstein’s monster, a misunderstood creation fabricated by Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s classic story, has been terrorizing readers and audiences alike for well over one hundred and fifty years. Since the story was first written in 1818, there have been numerous plays, and over one hundred films, each adaptation trying to portray its own vision of the original story. Mary Shelley came to create “the prototype of a new literary genre – science fiction” (Hardwood 14) while James Whale crafted his beautiful film creation, Frankenstein, to portray conservative values and civil rights while still telling the classic story. Other versions of Frankenstein…show more content…
Eleven days after Mary Shelley was born, Ms. Wollstonecraft died. Mary idolized her mother her entire life and even declared her love for future husband at her mother’s grave in London. Since Mary’s father was a philosopher and writer, Mary grew up around books and intellectual gatherings around the house. It was at one of these gatherings that Mary met Percy Shelley, a poet and avid follower of Mary’s father. Percy fell in love with Mary and they were wed after Percy’s first wife drowned herself. Following the death of her mother, Mary’s father married a widowed neighbor, which resulted in Mary gaining a stepsister named Claire Clairmont. Claire became a constant companion of Mary and Percy and in 1816; Claire proposed a summer in Geneva in order for Claire to continue a love affair with the English poet Lord Byron. During this retreat, “the friends kept themselves amused by reading ghost stories to each other and discussing the political and scientific topics of the day…finally the friends decided to write a ghost story each and see whose was the most chilling and terrifying. Mary came up with Frankenstein…” (Harwood 9) The introduction from the third edition of Frankenstein, written by Shelley herself describes the nature in which she arrived to the idea of her monster. “When I placed my head upon my pillow, I did not sleep, nor could I be said to think…I saw--with shut eyes, but acute mental vision--I saw the
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