The monster's portrayal in popular cultureHow did people come to think that the monster is named Frankenstein? Who painted the picture of the monster whom we all think of when we hear the word...

The monster's portrayal in popular culture

How did people come to think that the monster is named Frankenstein? Who painted the picture of the monster whom we all think of when we hear the word "Frankenstein"? What made all this happen.

In essence, what movies, cartoons, or basically anything, made the mojority of people think of the monster the way they do.

I'm doing a project on how  the monster is portrayed in pop culture, and how different it is in the novel.

I'm sorry about being a bit confusing because I don't quite know how to explain what I'm doing for my project.

Any help would be appreciated =)

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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As the child and creation of Victor Frankenstein without a name of his own, the creature is given the surname of his creator/father.  Since they both have this same name, and the creature is without any other, the confusion, thus, occurs.  And, as the previous post mentions the original movie entitled Frankenstein which placed more emphasis upon the creature caused this mistake. 

So often when people are asked if they have read Frankenstein, they say they have only seen the movie and are not even aware that there was a novel written originally.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The original film of Frankenstein with Boris Karloff has to be one of the most important mediums of popular culture that have been used to immortalise the character of Frankenstein. You might want to run a quick search into all the films that have Frankenstein in their title and consider which have been the most important. Certainly the book alone would not have penetrated popular culture so strongly.

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hanooch | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

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yes, thanks =)

what about the stereotype of the green flat headed monster, where did that originate. Is it in one of the movies?

 I'm ging through some of the famous frankenstein movies but that could take a while. If it is in one of the movies, could someone tell me which one(s)?

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