How is Frankenstein portrayed in today's media, such as on t.v. in movies, or songs? Is this portrayal accurate and fair?

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alexb2 | eNotes Employee

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It seems that Frankenstein (The Doctor of his Monster) is up to the interpretation of the times. Trends in pop culture as well as changes in the public consciousness can change how the character and his monster are portrayed. 

One example is the recent I Frankenstein, which focuses on Frankenstein's monster's "origin story." The success of films such as Batman Begins made Hollywood want to tell the story of how a famous character came to be. The opening of I Frankenstein tries to show why the monster became who he was. 

Some portrayals of Dr. Frankenstein will show him as everything that is wrong with humanity—meddling with nature, being arrogant, manipulating technology. This may fit into the popular narrative of the time, especially when concerns about the environment or technology are at the forefront. Other portrayals of Dr. Frankenstein may be sympathetic, showing how a driven scientist can take things too far and accidentally create a monster. The upcoming film Victor Frankenstein takes a different route by seeing things through the eyes of the doctor's assistant, Igor. 

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Frankenstein was originally portrayed as a sentient, though grotesque, creature created by an eccentric scientist and is considered one of the first science fiction characters.

Over the years, since its publication in 1818, Frankenstein has been portrayed in various media formats (TV, movies, animation, etc.) with varying degrees of resemblance to the original character. An example is the movie Van Helsing, where the creature is shown as benevolent being, shunned by society for his appearance; he ultimately helps the protagonist. Similarly, Aaron Eckhart's character in I, Frankenstein helps fight demons to save humanity. These depictions show Frankenstein to be an unwanted and feared creature who lends a helping hand to human beings, a departure from the original creation.

However, animated appearances of Frankenstein have been too different and the character is typically a matter of jokes and leads to comical situations.

So depending on the media, we find that the character of Frankenstein has been adapted to either serve as mankind's savior or as comic relief and hence a major departure from the original depiction in the novel.

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