Frankenstein vs. Blade Runner The famous book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly has had an enormous impact on literature today. People in the movie industry have actually made top hit movies using the basis of Frankenstein. One of those movies being Blade Runner. Even though they are very similar there are definitely differences.
In cinema nowadays, movies that are more famous among the people somehow engaged with explosions, gunfights, and superheroes. In the early days of cinema, the special spot for people had to do something with monsters and murderers. Some of these monsters have abilities to be sympathetic to the people who watch the movie. As a great example there is the movie Frankenstein. Dr. Frankenstein’s invention, is a monster that is created by an obnoxious scientist who decides to play god and it goes wrong. Dr. Frankenstein is the clear example of men playing with nature and then terrible consequences came into place.
Man should never be allowed to play god, but creating life is something that has always been an enticing concept (American Scientist). In order to feed our fantasies about cloning and producing life, we turn to fiction novels to amaze, and sometimes to scare us. One of the best-known archetypes of this is Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. Hailed as the eighth most popular English novel in history (The Guardian), the classic story of a mad scientist named Dr. Victor Frankenstein has been the basis of countless movies and parodies (Romantic Circles). Though the name Frankenstein has become very well known, the original story as penned by Mary Shelley has been overwhelmed by the numerous derivatives that were published afterward in different forms of media including movies, plays, and even comic books.
The story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has been molded and shaped to create many different types of story plots and characters. There are many different types of media that relate back to the original but then add their own little twist into the mix. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a story about a scientist who created another human being, who he then abandons, and now the monster is getting revenge on Frankenstein by inflict havoc on his family. An example of this would be the movie Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the relationship between Ultron and his main creator Tony Stark. Tony creates Ultron out of nemesis’ Loki’s sceptre and Ultron decides to wipe out mankind off the face of the earth. They are similar in the way the creators created their monsters and their ability to admit their wrong doings, but the monsters are difference it in their outlook on the world.
In the film “The Curse of Frankenstein”Victor Frankenstein was different from the character in Shelley’s novel. He was not as bad as the he was in the film. He did not focus on killing people to achieve his goal. The only close similarity to the original story is the monster with ugly and horrible appearance. Frankenstein the monster awakes from the moment was found to be very aggressive and evil.
The film Edward Scissorhands, takes place in a suburban neighborhood with colorful houses and stereotypical neighbors who like to gossip about each other. While Edward is often given the impression that he is frightening and threatening because of his appearance, he uses his cursed hands as one his assets by grooming people’s hair and trimming down people’s plants into sculptures. Growing up, Tim Burton knew he had a creative mind and felt as though he was always misunderstood by others. Author Lynn Hirschberg expresses, “Burton has the manner of a precocious teenager who has spent a great deal of time happily alone.” As a kid, he did not have many friends and felt like an outcast (Hirschberg).
The Creation of Human Life The laboratory from where the creature in Frankenstein was created, to the DHC in Brave New World , and the creation of humans by God in Paradise lost all share one thing in common. They both share the common theme which the art and science of creating a human life. All three of the novels want to have pure human beings free from disease and distress. But the novels also want to have social stability. As the plot begins in Frankenstein we are introduced to a group of explorers of which Victor is part of on a journey to a new world .
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein depicts the remarkable resemblance to the “modern” myth of Prometheus. The intertextuality used to connect these two stories, allow Shelley to bring out the most prominent themes of Power and suffering. As both of the characters deal differently with the struggle to resist the power that comes with creating life, the inevitable end for both characters are the same; they fall at the hands of their own creations.
Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, is one of the most important and popular novels in the Romantic genre to this day. The novel was originally controversial because it touched on many fragile subjects such as the human anatomy and the development of science. The structure of Frankenstein begins as an epistolary, narrative story told by Robert Walton to his sister in England. Walton’s letters tell us that he is exploring, searching for what lies beyond the North Pole, and he eventually connects with Frankenstein. Shelley creates the protagonist, Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who has a fascination with life and death.
The Relationship Between the Creature and the Creator Rough Draft Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley goes in depth to the theme of the relationship between the Creature and the Creator. Categorized as a gothic novel. Victor Frankenstein develops an interest in science after reading about the "wild fancies" of several noted alchemists who live hundreds of years before him. He maintains driven by ambition and scientific curiosity. His quest for absolute knowledge and power will eventually end his own ruin.
Victor Frankenstein worked for two long years to create life from a lifeless form, which, before obtaining life, he believed to be beautiful. However, once he saw the monster's eyes open, he began to see the hideousness of the monster. After this, he fled his operating room and paced wildly in his bedroom, trying to think of what to do. “For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart”(Chapter 5 pg 42).
The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a masterpiece that explores the fascination of creating human life from nothing. Since this book was published in 1818, there have been many different recreations of the story throughout these past centuries. The movie Victor Frankenstein directed by Paul McGuigan is one recreation made in 2015 that has an interesting take on the characters in Shelley’s story. (Thesis). In the novel and in the film, there are many differences in the character, Dr. Victor Frankenstein.
To me, Victor was a stupid person. He did whatever he wanted, but he didn’t think about what will happen later in the future. The monster was created by Victor is very lonely because of Victor. He created the monster and he had the responsibility to take care of the monster. But what did he do?