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Characterization of the Monster

The characterization of Victors creature, the monster, in the movie although somewhat dramatically different from Mary Shelleys portrayal in the novel Frankenstein also had its similarities. Shelleys views of the monster were to make him seem like a human being, while the movie made the monster out to be a hideous creation. The creatures appearance and personality are two aspects that differ between the novel and movie while his intellectual and tender sides were portrayed the same.From the novel the creatures physical appearance is left up to each readers imagination. Shelley wrote: His limbs were in proportion, and I had selectedhis features as beautiful. Beautiful! Great God!His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed amore horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-whitesockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips (p.56). Although I imagined the creature a human being with somewhat distorted features, another reader might view his appearance as a grotesque monster. On the other hand, the movie has shown him as a hideous monster created by a mad scientist. The monsters appearance was focused on creating life out of dead body parts, sewing the pieces together that left horrid physical scars, and activating him with electricity. The creatures personality, or actions toward society, was displayed as being very calm and compassionate in the novel. He made many attempts to converse with society, but society feared and mistreated him because of his hideous appearance, forcing the creature to run away. Rejection by society and even his creator, who abhorred his creature, taught the creature to hate and seek revenge. Shelley wrote: Hateful day when I received life! I exclaimed in agony. Accursed creator! ...

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