Artist: Cassandra Dunn Art
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and mankind is no parent
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Frankenstein (1931) dir. James Whale
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19th century books will kill off a main character in one sentence and then spend 3 pages describing a street
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*does a gay little unethical scientific experiment that challenges God*
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I tried to animate creechur doing that Ghibli hair thing..... and it ended up looking like a jellyfish
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Frankenstein’s monster being called just “Frankenstein” is actually poetic justice on a meta scale. Oh, so you’re going to reject your son/creation for fear of God and his hideousness?? You won’t give him a name and only call him “Creature”?? Well everyone forever is going to only remember him by your family name.
How’s that feel Victor?
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Normalise liking poetry because you like the way it sounds and art because you think its beautiful. You don’t have to understand the deeper meaning of something to appreciate it - poetry is bloody difficult to analyse and art requires an extensive knowledge of movements and artists to properly get - so please just wonder around art galleries and decide which pieces you’d buy if you could, and read out lines of poetry simply because they have a nice ring to them.
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frankenstein is about self loathing and recognition through the Other. it’s about the original sin. it’s about what we owe to our creations and each other. it’s about internalized homophobia and the monstrosity of a man desiring another man. it’s about Romance. it’s about romance. it’s about playing god. it’s about being transgender. it’s about the absent fathergod. it’s about society. it’s about unethical medical experiments. it’s about gay college dropouts. it’s about a big nasty monster dude who is, and i cannot stress this enough, spooky
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Mary Shelley ― Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
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Victor: (Faints after seeing the giant corpse man he has created)
The Creature: Father is...evil? Father is unyielding? Father is incapable of love? I am running away. I am packing my little rucksack and going out to explore the world as a lone vagabond. I can no longer thrive in this household.
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All the cute nicknames Victor Frankenstein called his son throughout the book:
demoniacal corpse to which I have so miserably given life
an ugly mummy
a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived,
the filthy daemon to whom I have given life
the wretch whom I had created
sight tremendous and abhorred
unearthly ugly being
too horrible for human eyes
you, whose joint wickedness might desolate the world
too horrible for human eyes to behold
the filthy mass that moved and talked
wretch whom I dreaded
monster of my creation
figure most hideous and abhorred
+ bonus - all the cute ways captain Robert Walton described Victor’s son on 1 page:
a form which I cannot find words to describe
never did I behold a vision so horrible as his face, of such loathsome, yet appalling hideousness
scary and unearthly in his ugliness
Tag yourself I’m “the filthy mass that moved and talked”
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Black Sails 2.10 - “XVIII” // Margaret Atwood, “Lusus Naturae” in Stone Mattress: Nine Wicked Tales // Once Upon a Time 3.13 - “Witch Hunt” // thefactsofthematter // Taylor Swift, “I Did Something Bad” // Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994) dir. Kenneth Branagh, screenplay by Steph Lady & Frank Darabont // “No Good Deed” from Wicked // William Shakespeare, Richard III (I.i.28-31) // easy A (2010) dir. Will Gluck
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I kind of want to see an alt-universe version of Frankenstein where Victor doesn’t run away purely for the hilarity of watching this melodramatic weenie realise that he was so focused on attaining that moment of divine creation that he didn’t plan even one second beyond it, and now he has absolutely no idea what he’s actually going to do with his spooky monster offspring. Like, I don’t even mean in the long term – I mean he has no plan for getting the creature out of the room where it was created.
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I’m in the middle of re-reading Frankenstein, and something I never quite realized before -- even though I’ve seen it pointed out by others -- is just how ineffectual Frankenstein is in dealing with anything. He whines, and he moans, and laments his life, but he never does anything about it.
When he first brings his creation to life and flees in terror, he takes absolutely no action afterwards. He doesn’t arm himself and resolve to return and kill the perceived monster he has birthed, he just wanders the streets until he goes home and hopes that it has gone away. When he gets back and sees that it is gone from his apartment he doesn’t try to marshal a pursuit, he’s just happy that it’s gone and that’s it. He gives absolutely no thought to what it may be doing out in the world, since it’s not his problem anymore.
When he learns that his brother has been murdered and their maid has been framed, he becomes convinced that the creature is responsible but he doesn’t tell anybody. He doesn’t even make up a mundane story that bypasses bringing a creature to life, like saying that he made a personal enemy who is targeting his family and that is why Justine is being framed. He just says that he believes her innocent but takes no action, and expects that to get her acquitted. He even bemoans that he has it worse than Justine since even though she is executed his guilt is so hard to bear.
After Justine’s death he says he is considering suicide, but he resists because if he did so then there would be nobody to protect his family. Except, again, he isn’t doing any protecting. He still hasn’t told anybody the truth, nor has he made up that plausible mundane explanation to get them on their guard. He doesn’t mount a watch at night or go about armed. He takes no action.
He is so self-centered that all he talks about is how hard everybody else’s pain is on him, and so spoiled that he does absolutely nothing to resolve any situation. He just seems to expect it to be worked out because he wants it so.
What a tool.
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literature → gothic
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done posting good takes. i 100% condone the actions of both victor and the creature. murder is okay. graverobbing is okay. your theories are excellent and your lab coat is sexy. you. are. valid.
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ALTERNATIVE WOMEN IN FILM
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Have you never wanted to do anything that was dangerous? Where should we be if no one tried to find out what lies beyond? Have you never wanted to look beyond the clouds and the stars, or to know what causes the trees to bud? And what changes the darkness into light? But if you talk like that, people call you crazy. Well, if I could discover just one of these things, what eternity is, for example, I wouldn't care if they did think I was crazy.
IT'S ALIVE! FRANKENSTEIN'S CREATION MYTH IN CINEMA
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I’m not bitter
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