Mary Shelley And James Whale : Advantages Of Communication

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Mary Shelley and James Whale illustrate the advantages of communication in Frankenstein using opposite approaches. The characterization of the creature in Shelley and Whale’s texts demonstrate the underlying effect of incompetent verbal expression through his inability to form relationships. In Whale’s film, removing the humanistic qualities of the creature by enabling his speech highlights the complexity of the character Shelley provided through communication. Without vocal recognition, deciphering the creature’s intentions results in a misinterpretation of violence, taking a conclusion within context of his actions rather than what he attempts to communicate verbally. Providing verbal abilities in Shelley’s text shows the advantage of communication to build sympathy, despite the perpetuating effect the creature’s looks inflict. Furthermore, they also emphasize the infliction of fear through the use of words in addition to appearance. The apparent reversal in the roles that the creature’s appearance and inability to communicate inflict builds upon the isolation of the creature. In both adaptions of Frankenstein, there is a false assumption that the creature is a murderer, however in Shelley’s text the creature expresses his story, concluding his intentions of finding love and acceptance. The effect of reversing these roles presents a fallacy in the film that the creature is a monster, deducing that removing his voice loses the depth of the creature, therefore averting the

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