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KS3 English - Gothic Horror: Frankenstein

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 In Frankensteinthe monster fits all the definitions of what a monster is. The monster's appearance is considered both extraordinary, beautiful, huge, and repulsive by his own creator. When there is that unnatural combination of beauty and deformity, it is almost as if creature is monstrous because he is deformed.

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Mary Shelley

Mary Shelley (née Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin) was the daughter of the famous political philosopher William Goodwin(1756-1856)  and her mother was the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. The novel is about Victor Frankenstein who creates a monstrous  being in the likeness of man, but larger than average and more powerful. Frankenstein then rejects his creation and the monster vows vengeance.

Why did Mary Shelley write Frankenstein?

This short video explains how Mary Shelley came to write the story of Frankenstein.

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Movie trailer

A trailer for the 1931 film version of Frankenstein.

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Summary of the story: Victor Frankenstein succeeds in the ultimate scientific experiment - the creation of life. But the 'man' he creates, though intelligent and sensitive is so huge and hideous that Frankenstein rejects him. Lonely and miserable, the monster turns on Victor and his family with terrifying and tragic results.

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