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A Mute FrankensteinWhy do almost all film versions of Frankenstein make the monster...

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zllucy | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 11, 2011 at 6:41 AM via web

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A Mute Frankenstein

Why do almost all film versions of Frankenstein make the monster mute instead of letting his eloquence provoke sympathy with the audience?

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krcavnar | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 14, 2011 at 2:39 PM (Answer #2)

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Making the monster mute makes him seem all that more a tragic creation.  Having the body, heart, and mind of a human but without the ability to communicate makes him more frightening and unnatural. 

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 14, 2011 at 7:16 PM (Answer #3)

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I think that most of the film versions (as with the 1931 version with Boris Karloff as the monster) are trying to be horror films.  They are not trying to be meditations on alienation or on the idea that we should not judge things on their looks.  Instead, they are meant to be much more straightforward stories without the complexity of the novel.

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queenbxoxo | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 30, 2011 at 9:25 PM (Answer #4)

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Making the monster mute makes him seem all that more a tragic creation.  Having the body, heart, and mind of a human but without the ability to communicate makes him more frightening and unnatural. 

Not only does the mute make him seem like a tragic creation, but it opens the readers minds to open ended possiblities for what the monster is thinking and feeling. nobody really knows. and it does make him seem frightening, but also more mysterious and complex.

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