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Frankenstein A Modern Perspective A classic by definition is a piece of art so revolutionary and universal that its sentiments cannot be restricted to the time at which it is presented But how is this accomplished Do the authors of such works possibly know what issues will be relevant in the future Can a 19-year old girl on a dark night in October have been gifted with prophetic as well as literary powers Or is it that more likely a classic merely provides the reader with unconscious truths the base material for an ongoing re-evaluation during which old themes are given new life in the light of new circumstances and discoveries Perhaps it is not so much the words are timeless but the ideas of the classic call out for a constant re-interpretation And perhaps it is this process which keeps it always fresh and preserves it in history with the stamp of immortality If such is the case then the modern re-telling of Frankenstein by filmmaker Kenneth Branagh speaks much for the justification of its classification as a classic In this 1994 cinematic feat Branagh attempts to re-construct the story in a way that is more meaningful for his 20th century audience When Mary Shelly first penned her ghastly tale England was at the dawn of a scientific age The experiments of Darwin were ripe subjects for discussion and opened new vistas of unimagined opportunity It was one of the last points in history when educated people felt that could possibly know everything They would have had an opportunity to read every classic text be aware of every experiment in physics and be in a position to discuss the latest medical advancements Nothing was beyond their reach Now in the era of artificial intelligence and genetic engineering we are at a similar though even more dangerous point on the path to acquiring all knowledge Todays scientists push on industriously chasing what once seemed
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