How could one compare and contrast Frankenstein and Edward Scissorhands?

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One could find a few comparisons between Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein and Tim Burton's film Edward Sissorhands through examining the both the Creature (from the novel) and Edward (from the film).

Both the Creature and Edward have been created by a man (Victor created the Creature and Vincent Price, the actor, created Edward). While both men attempted to complete their "experiments," each was left incomplete (the Creature fails to possess the necessary nurturing and Edward fails to possess hands). Each of the beings are left to fend for themselves in life.

Another comparison which can be made refers to the fact that each being is looking for love (the Creature desires a mate and Edward falls in love with Kim (played by Winona Ryder). Regardless of their desires, both beings are misunderstood by many of the people around them.

Contrastingly, each is received into the world very differently. The Creature is attacked and those around him wish him dead. Edward, on the other hand, is received rather well by the community around him (especially given his talent at cutting hair).

Another difference lies in the fact that the Creature dies at the end of the novel and Edward is left alone in his castle. Neither are able to gain the life they desire.


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