Frankenstein short response

Frankenstein short response - enormous task Frankenstein...

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2) Film is often better at portraying action, movement and spatial setting than novels. Discuss how these were effectively used (or not) in the film. I thought movement and spatial setting were used very effectively in Frankenstein the movie. I particularly appreciated the stilted, creepy way in which Frankenstein’s monster moved. His lumbering, awkward, uncoordinated movements were better shown then described, in my opinion. My imagination created a creature with ape-like movements. I enjoyed the film’s treatment of his movements because they were more human movements made grotesque then animal movements made human. In terms of spatial setting, I was struck by the panoramic shots of the Alps surrounding Geneva. The enormity and sheer mass of the mountainous landscape drew attention to how very small and pitiable Frankenstein seemed. The contrast between the physical of presence of the mountains and the physical insignificance of Frankenstein provides an interesting parallel to the
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Unformatted text preview: enormous task Frankenstein attempts. Frankenstein is merely an ordinary man, attempting to conquer an insurmountable mountain; he attempts to do the impossible. The final scene was also something I found to be especially poignant. I truly felt sympathy for Frankenstein’s monster when he abandoned a hopeful fate with sympathetic humans to give his ‘father’ a proper burial. The contrast between the flaming pyre and the arctic scene created a tension about the creature’s fate. I felt sympathy for him, but I also despised him for his torture of Frankenstein. The juxtaposition of the extremes of fire and ice also mirrors how the viewer or reader feels about the monster. On the one hand, one wants to empathize with the forsaken creature. On the other, he is a terrifying, vengeful and unnatural monster. It is not a tension which is easily resolved, and I think the movie was right to leave the fate of Frankenstein’s monster a mystery....
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This note was uploaded on 01/24/2012 for the course ENGL 4640 taught by Professor Eaket during the Spring '12 term at UGA.

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