"Frankenstein" the Movie vs. "Frankenstein" the Novel Introduction: Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein recounts the morbid tale of Dr. Frankenstein’s re-animation of a human male pieced together with a number of body parts from various dead people. In many of the film adaptations, his master plan goes awry when the original brain that he hoped to use was damaged and replaced by the brain of a criminal. The story is both a morose horror tale as well as part of the Romantic Movement which critiqued the Scientific Revolution and the potential harms of abandoning ethics in favor of scientific exploration. It also showed the potential harms of industrialization and the harm of modern man’s desire to take innovation to extreme levels. This...The end:
.....ever, the novel is an excellent commentary on the transformation of English society as a result of the Industrial and Scientific Revolutions. The character of Frankenstein coupled with the monster represent the dichotomy of man’s struggle with innovation and the transformation within society. The novel not only represented this dichotomy, but shows how both man and monster are destroyed by this dichotomy that weds them to each other in a unique way. While the film adaptation attempts to recreate the novel, it does not capture the intellectual nature of the sophisticated story and relationship between the creator and creation. Rather, the film Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein rests somewhere between the novel and the long historical horror genre.