Consider the themes of motherhood and fatherhood in Mary Shelley’s novel and in Kenneth Branagh’s film for Frankenstein. Any differences in these themes in the novel and in the film?

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Perhaps the most contradictory element of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of the novel is the fact that the deaths of Victor's parents differ greatly. These differences speak to the thematic differences seen in the film and novel as well (regarding motherhood and fatherhood).

Therefore, the role of the mother is set to be very different within the novel and the film. Victor is far more upset in the film about the death of his mother. His obsession with the reanimation of life stems from his mother's death in the film and not his obsession with science (as seen in the novel). In the film, Victor's relationship with his mother is far more influential over his character than in the novel.

As for the role of the father, many changes are made in the adaption. Victor's father does not die from heartbreak in the movie (given the stresses he has faced with the numerous deaths which have ravaged his family); instead, his father is killed by the creature. This change speaks to the theme of fatherhood being far more important in the film than in the novel. The fact that the monster murders Victor's father shows a direct link to Vcitor's removal of himself as the creature's "father."

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What do you think of the theme of fatherhood in 'Frankenstein' and in the movie too? Whate are the differences?

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