How Science is portrayed in the Film, Frankenstein

HowScience is portrayed in the Film, Frankenstein

Thescience discipline has recorded several new ideologies over years.Human beings have always relied on science from the ancient times.Perhaps what might have changed is the level of application ofscience principles. The film industry, for instance, has oftenborrowed principles of science. An example of these films isFrankenstein (1931) by Mary Shelly. The paper seeks to assess howScience has been portrayed in the movie.

Thegeneral message being passed in the film is the view that science isdangerous. In the movie, Victor creates a monster by using scienceprinciples. The dangerous nature of science is shown when he createsa being with superior features compared to those of man (Klein,2012). The film also illustrates the dangerous nature of science whenVictor’s wife is killed by the monster that he created.Additionally, the monster demands additional things that Victor neveranticipated. Therefore, the unpredictable nature of Science productand the ability to create superior products shows its dangerousnature.

Theview that science is powerful is well illustrated in the film. Victoruses electricity to create the monster. The story is developed usinga discovery in Science by Benjamin Franklin, long before the film wasmade. The film describes how Victor makes use of electricity, incoordination with other borrowed information from other fields ofBiology and Chemistry, to give life to the monster (Klein, 2012). Thecommon creation story among Scientist is the evolution theory. Overthe years, some people have always argued that even though Scientistcan one day create a human being, they will not be able to give lifeto it, to be able to breathe the natural air. Victor’s monster wasgiven life through the use of electricity. Therefore, this film showsa powerful nature of science in being able to build something thatcan exist independently.

Thefilm portrays a view that science experiments need regulations andboundaries. The extent to which Science exploration can reach is notyet known. Some scientists believe that one can do almost anythingthrough science (Banerjee, 2010). Science can help develop newsystems that can support and improve the living conditions of man.Similarly, the same science can be used to build destructive itemslike a bomb that could destroy humanity. In the film, the monster isa destructive creation of science. Even though some regulations havebeen drafted today, in the past, they did not exist. Today,experiments based on creating human beings are not allowed.Additionally, experimental creations are first tested in controlledsettings before releasing them to the environment. The film,therefore, illustrates how the lack of regulations may make certainindividuals exploit principles and ideologies of science and createharmful things.

Eventhough technology is developing through increased scienceexplorations, there is a view that one day humanity will be clearedby these technologies. The film shares this view that science willend humanity. The monster, in the movie, shows an interest in rulingthe world, something that most people believe will happen someday(Banerjee, 2010). It is still a mystery what might happen one daywhen the systems built to support humanity become corrupt. Eventhough not all these technologies are monster-like, they would stillhave a great impact when they are corrupted. For instance, humanbeings are becoming more dependent on online based and automatedsystems like those employed in the stock markets and in hospitals.The question, therefore, is what would happen if such technologybecomes corrupt? The effects are very detrimental. The filmillustrates the apocalyptic nature of science and warns of thedangers of relying on science.

Regardingthe genre, the film is a horror movie. Mary tells a horrific moviebased on science. The film illuminates the thin line that existsbetween science and horror. Even in movies today, most people whocreate horrific scenes are usually scientists. There are severalfilms that are based on a horrific story of a scientific experimentgone wrong (Fahy, 2010). Additionally, in most of these films, thescientist decide to make something destructive following episodes ofdepression and loneliness. This film by Mary has the same story line.Victor’s childhood story tells of an individual who has gonethrough a lot of painful incidents like losing a family member.


Inconclusion, the film portrays science as being powerful, destructiveand needs regulation. The film also supports the view that sciencewill destroy humanity. By using science principles, various systemsthat improve the living conditions of humanity have been developed.At the same time, other destructive items have also been created. Thefilm tends to warn humanity of the possibility of science destroyinghumanity one day. For a level ground to be reached, therefore, thereis a need for developing regulations. The regulations help indetermine the extent at which man can experiment with science (Klein,2012). Humanity is not allowed to experiment freely with destructivescience like building of bombs. Additionally, experiments withhigh-risk level have always been conducted in a controlledenvironment as a precaution.


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