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livingitup2012 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 2, 2011 at 2:02 AM via web

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Realte the creature in Frankenstein to a song

I need help with the song I chose to relate to the creature. I chose the song The Ballad of Frankenstein's Monster by 12 Step Rebels. I need help determining what the songs meaning is and explaining how it fits the creature. Any suggestions would help. Thank you

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 2, 2011 at 2:58 AM (Answer #2)

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I think this is actually a very hard song to relate to the poem. Textually, the only lines of the song which supports the text are the following:

Confused from the moment I
Took my first breath.
Who was I? What was I?
I did not know. Alone

Outside of that, the song does not really lend itself textually to the novel. The Monster did struggle with knowing who he was and finding his place in the world, but the rest of the song fails to show the true reality of the Monster's life.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 2, 2011 at 7:28 AM (Answer #3)

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How about this song: Losing my Religion by R.E.M.

Oh life, it's bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I've said too much
I set it up

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep a view
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper 
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no, I've said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing aground
Now I've said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep a view
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

The idea of life is totally and completely what the monster longs for. But throughout his existence he works to get close to people but he just can't because they won't have him. He feels rejected. He truly experiences just a dream of living, not real life.

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vangoghfan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 2, 2011 at 3:16 PM (Answer #4)

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Confused from the moment I
Took my first breath.
Who was I? What was I?
I did not know. Alone, they
Locked me in a castle room.
They poked, they bled, they cut,
They tortured me.
I can't stand to see my own
Reflection, 'cause I see the
Monster they tell me that I am.
I never wanted anything but
Happiness, but what was I
Supposed to do?
They came at me with hatred
And sticks of flame, with faces
As cruel as the harshest Winter's
Day. They taught me what it was
To feel the cruelest pain. Well,
I never even had a chance.
One day I found a friend to
Talk to me. We smoked, we
Ate, we laughed our days away.
But then they came and they took
Him from me. Alone I was again.

Part of the problem may be that these lyrics relate more to the famous film from the 1930s than to Mary Shelley's novel.  Are you writing about the novel or the film? If you are writing about the film, we may be able to give you some more specific suggestions.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 5, 2011 at 8:55 AM (Answer #5)

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I think that "Monster" by Skillet would be a good song. Frankenstein's monster is only reacting to the position that Victor has put him in. His chapter shows his humanity and need to be accepted. Victor's rejection of him is what forces the monster to erupt.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:43 AM (Answer #6)

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The song that you have chosen can, indeed, relate to the novel.  First of all, the beginning is appropriate as the creature is left alone when the horrified Victor runs from his creation.  Secondly, the section cited below will also relate to the novel's chapters which include the creature's narration of his experiences when he hid behind the DeLacey cottage.  After he is discovered by the young DeLaceys, the creature is driven away from the surrounding cottagers and he fled, knowing that is repugnant to all that see him.

I can't stand to see my own
Reflection, 'cause I see the
Monster they tell me that I am.
I never wanted anything but
Happiness, but what was I
Supposed to do?
They came at me with hatred
And sticks of flame, with faces
As cruel as the harshest Winter's
Day. They taught me what it was
To feel the cruelest pain

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