How Does Frankenstein Influence Pop Culture

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Introduction First published in 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein busted its way into popularity as one of the first science-fiction novels. As Shelley trudged her way into the literary canon, Frankenstein’s preliminary success was surpassed by a wave of Frankenstein-esque characters. Shelley’s great influence and success caused a whirlwind of Frankenstein references throughout pop culture. The many allusions to Frankenstein in pop culture arguably molded the text into a cult classic; inevitably making it’s mark on literature and the arts for centuries. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein influenced and inspired numerous beloved characters, portrayals, and adaptations in America’s pop culture.
Frankenstein’s Monster as a Character Victor’s creation, widely known as “Frankenstein’s Monster,” appeared in many depictive and satirical performances. The idea of bringing a one dead human to life interested and inspired many writers and directors. The creature’s
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Thomas amped the monster up by giving him power, strength, and optic lasers. Sent from aliens, the creature tortured civilians until he was taken to the North Pole to be frozen in time. Decades later, a scientist discovered the frozen monster and used him for experiments. Professor X, a member of X-Men, tells the story of the monster’s discovery. Once the public found out the monster was not just a fable, the strange monster inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. Although the comic discussed the inspiration for Shelley’s text, Frankenstein’s influence spread through the comic community; inspiring multiple adaptions and recreations of the story.
The various short appearances and portrayals of the monster demonstrate the heavy influence of Mary Shelley on pop culture. Although his cameos may be short, allusions to the monster allows for a strong audience connection to a childhood classic.
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