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Jonathan Gold October 14, 2005 Dr. Mary Mar-Precept Frankenstein Essay 19 th Century Frankenstein vs. 20 th Century Frankenstein Between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the 1931 movie version of Frankenstein there are notable differences and similarities. So much, in my opinion, was changed that I believe the movie leaves you to sympathize more with Frankenstein and his monster than ever before. Some similarities between the film and the novel are the themes of friendship and loneliness, along with social acceptance and Promethean desire. Some main differences in the movie were with the education of the monster, multi-frame narration, and missing or unelaborated themes. In my opinion the movie did not do Mary Shelley’s novel justice; I feel that most of the deeper, more important, meanings in the novel were lost in its transition to the big screen. One notable difference between the book and the movie was the monster’s education. In the novel, Frankenstein’s monster is able to self educate; this allows the reader to look into what the monster is feeling through what he is saying. One of the most essential aspects of the book is the monster’s education. During the novel the monster comes across books that would enlighten him and show the reader his learning stages step by step. The books gives insight of the origins of humanity, expands the monster’s mind to society’s values, and educates him on the domestic world. The last book that Frankenstein’s monster reads is Milton’s Paradise Lost , and through this book he learns the most about himself and his creator. With all of this newly acquired knowledge, the monster is able to understand his surroundings and the situation he is in. The development of the creature’s education is reflected well in the book because the reader grasps his progress of learning. When the monster speaks to Victor, it doesn’t sound like a monster, but a higher being:
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All men hate the wretched; how then must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom
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