Similarities Between Edward Scissorhands And Frankenstein

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What does director Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994), directed by Kenneth Branagh, have in common— a mutual underlying story; but their differences are what makes their tales all the more special. Edward Scissorhands is a retelling of Frankenstein, but with a slight twist. In Edward’s case instead of lacking companionship like Frankenstein’s monster, he lacks hands; and is received rather well by the surrounding community. Ironically, in both tales the characters share the same desire to be love; this ignites the question – why do humans want to be love? Are we only important as we are loved? Fortunately, Tim Burton touched basis on that intricate part of the underlying story. Although Edward Scissorhands is not a science fiction narrative in the way Frankenstein traditionally regarded it still shares the same theme and narrative elements.
A scientist assembles an animated human being – the kind Edward. The scientist dies before he can finish assembling his creation leaving Edward instead he uses long sharp scissor blades instead of proper hands. A saleswoman Peg discovers Edward alone in the dark castle and brings him down into the suburban neighborhood. There he meets Peg’s daughter and falls in love.
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In both Edward Scissorhands and Frankenstein, the creations of life were both made by man. They are both scientists who defy the natural laws of God and the universe in an effort to create life. In each story there is little scientific detail; the focus instead is on the consequences of playing God. The creation of life is almost universally known to be reserved for the gods or to nature. In both movies, the creators break this unspoken law but the consequences are very different in comparison. Victor believed that he was doing a greater good for humankind when created the monster. In the original book Victor
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