Who is Frankenstein? Pop-culture
Whenever someone says Frankenstein the first thing that comes to mind is usually a towering monster stitched together with pale skin. After asking some friends of mine to draw Frankenstein, most depicted him as a giant green zombie with a square head. We of course know that the true description of Frankenstein would be that of an ordinary young man. This is because Victor Frankenstein is not an 8 foot tall monster with bolts sticking out of his neck. I have always wondered why the people of today confuse who really is Frankenstein. When people think of Frankenstein the first thing that pops in their mind is the monster in Mary Shelley’s novel, not the man who created him. Why is this?
One possible reason why it is so generally believed that Frankenstein is the creator’s monster is because of decades of misleading film posters. On a typical Frankenstein poster your eye is drawn to two main things, the title and the main image on the poster. On most Frankenstein movie posters the monster is the main image so it makes since that the monster is named Frankenstein. While it is true that on some movie posters such as the original 1931 release poster, which depicts both doctor Frankenstein and his wife, it is his monster that takes almost 50% of the poster. Another valid argument I came across with this example is that under Frankenstein it reads “The man who created a monster.” However it is in very small text and most people taking a quick glance will mistaken it as credits or not see it all. While this is a great hypothesis on the misunderstanding there is another reason pop-culture has confused the identity of Frankenstein.
From decades of adaptations through film, comic books, plays and much more Shelley’s story of Frankenstein has changed drastically. It is inevitable for the details to change as this happens with all story telling. But many adaptations miss main points of Shelley’s novel. There is certainly a horror aspect to...