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Brandon Cook Humn 33XX 23 April 2002 Frankenstein vs Hollywood The creature in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is probably the most well-known horror creature in Western civilization If one even mentions the name of Frankenstein many people immediately picture the monster in their head This is undeniably a direct effect of Hollywood This conclusion is easily obtainable by reading the text of Frankenstein the only character that is referred to by that name is Doctor Frankenstein not the creature he created Thus movies throughout the years have had an influence on the publics perception of Mary Shelleys most famous work and since many of them did a poor job of following the authors text that segment of the population who did not read the novel may have a distorted image of her work However the movie Mary Shelleys Frankenstein which was directed by Kenneth Brauman was probably the most accurate portrayal of her work to date But of course this too has its discrepancies Therefore this essay will attempt to compare and contrast the details of the two works Frankenstein is the story about an overly ambitious man Dr Frankenstein who seeks out and finds the secret of creating life After he creates the monster however he immediately regrets his actions and loses his mind Therefore the monster is left to fend for himself in a society that hates the wretched p 68 The creature is cursed with horrendous appearance thus society attacks him every time that he comes in contact with it In the novel for example the creature finds a shed next to a house and uses it as a sleeping quarters There he watches a family that lives next door and becomes fond of them He helps them out by cutting wood every night and leaving it for them However when he presents himself to them they react with aggression and run him off of their property Needless
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