ALIVE AND KICKING! Frankenstein by Mary Shelley First published in 1818
Titles speechWhile surfing on internet, typing “Frankenstein” on youtube. “Its alive!” from the 1931 movie. I related the sentence with the overnight success song “Alive and Kicking” performed by Simple Minds 80s band.
The monsterVictor Frankenstein is his creator.He hasnt got a name which is the worst thing of all.Named in the novel as: the being, an abortion, filthy creature, the fiend, hideous enemy, daemon, devil, a wretch, well-known form...
The descriptionCHAPTER 13 Page 161:“And what was I? Of my creation and my creator I was absolutely CHAPTER 15 Page 171: ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no “Hateful day when I received friends, no kind of property. I life! Accursed creator!Why was besides, endued with a did you form a monster so figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the hideous that even you same nature as man. I was turned from me in disgust? more agile than they and could God, in pity, made man subsist upon coarser diet; I bore beautiful and alluring, after the extremes of heat and cold his own image; but my with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. form is a filthy type of When I look around I saw and yours, more horrid even heard of none like me. Was I, from the very then, a monster, a blot upon the resemblance.” earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?”
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Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley During holidays in Geneva Lord Byron suggested to write a1797-1851 ghost story.Emotionally She was only 18. undernourished. Haunted by tragedy.
The plotVictor F. was deeply engrossed with his occupation, studied natural philosophy, structure of human frame, physiology and anatomy. He conceived the idea and executed the creation of a man, like the archangel who aspired omnipotence. He wanted to create a human being, he wanted to be like god, because a man who possess the secrets of life is GOD.He collected bones and body frames from charnel houses, dissecting rooms, slaughter houses...The night in which the monster first lived, he achieved to give him life, was utterly scared and escaped from him, leaving his creation alone.Victor Frankenstein is a shattered wreck because his misfortunes and misery. He feels guilty about the crimes his creation commit upon his family and friends.
Selected paragraphsCHAPTER 16Page 182:“I have saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone....Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind. But the agony of my wound overcame me; my pulses paused, and I fainted.”Page 183:“I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph; clapping my hands, I exclaimed, “I too can create desolation; my enemy is not invulnerable; this death will carry despair to him, and thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him.”
An icon and overnigth success in the th 20 century movies66 movies inspired the novel31 tv series or episodes Source: wikipedia
Dr. Frankenstein (1931) The bride of Frankenstein (1935)James Whale
Frankenstein meets the wolf man (1943) The curse of Frankenstein (1957)Ruy Willian Neil Terence Fisher
Frankensteins daughter (1958) Frankenstein 1970 (1958)Richard E. Cuhna Howard W. Koch
Frankenstein created woman(1967) Horror of Frankenstein (1970)Terence Fisher
Young Frankenstein (1974) Frankenstein allitaliana (1972)Mel Brooks Armando Crispino Film horror parodies
La maldición de Frankenstein (1972) Remando al viento (1989)Jesús Franco Gonzalo Suárez
Mary Shelleys Frankenstein (1994)Kenneth BranaghThe most accurate tothe original.