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Copy of Modern Allusions to Frankenstein

Allusions in Pop Culture including: Movies, Music, Books, and Current Events
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Tyler McDede

on 6 February 2015

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Transcript of Copy of Modern Allusions to Frankenstein

Frankenstein: And the Allusions Associated with it in Popular Culture
Overview:
Frankenstein was written by Mary Shelley, having developed from a ghost story she made up on vacation with her husband, Percy.
Frankenstein was published in 1818
Themes Include:
Don't judge a book by its cover
Looking to be accepted
Intentions gone wrong
Playing God
Allusions in Popular Culture
Allusions to the themes and story of Frankenstein can be seen in many mediums.
These include:
Books
Movies and TV Shows
Music
News and Current Events
Books
Firstly, the novel Frankenstein has had many different adaptations, a most notable one being the graphic novel of the same name by Gary Reed and Frazer Irving.
More importantly, however, there are certain modern day works that contain allusions to Frankenstein.
For Instance, the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton illustrates two important themes found in Frankenstein. In the novel, scientists create dinosaurs, the monsters of the past. These scientists tread in dangerous waters, playing the role of God in creating life. Also, even though they have good intentions, the scientists' dinosaurs are dangerous, and the scientists indirectly put human lives at risk.
The most famous movie adaptation of Frankenstein is the Universal Pictures version of the same name, starring Boris Karloff as Frankenstein.
Movies and TV Shows
Movies more familiar to us that share themes included in Frankenstein are Beauty and the Beast and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The Munsters, a 1960s family sitcom, revolved around a family of monsters, including a Frankenstein-type character named Herman Munster.
Both based off of classic works of literature, these movies contain characters, the Beast and Quasimodo the Hunchback resepectively, that are ugly, deformed creatures. Both of these characters wish to be accepted by the people around them, and they both show that one must never be judged by their outward appearance.
Also, Frankenstein has played a main role, along with other horror stories, in the development of the modern horror genre.
Music
Many allusions to Frankenstein can also be seen in music.
For example, the song Teenage Frankenstein by Alice Cooper alludes to the physical description of Frankenstein as well as the idea that a creature with this physical decription is not accepted by society.
Another basic example would be the name of Eddie Van Halen's guitar- "Frankenstein".
Deeper Allusions:
The Edgar Winter Group- Band that worked before the use of digital recording. After recording a nine-minute long instrumental and editing the recording manualy, they named the song Frankenstein due to its "monstrous size". It was reported that the physical tape of the song was layed out around the room several times.
Michael Jackson's Thriller is based on the premise of being attacked by a mysterious, dark creature. In the music video, Jackson and his backup dancers are made up to look like zombies.
News and Current Events
Frankenstein has shaped our perception on what a monster really is.
We acknowledge that monsters can be frightening supernatural creatures such as Frankenstein and Dracula.
But, we also now see the monsters in our society due to the atrocities they have committed.

Some may include:
Jerry Sandusky
Jeffrey Dahmer
Ted Bundy
Osama bin Laden

Frankenstein and the Modern Horror Story
Frankenstein has played a prominent role in the development of the modern horror genre.
Without Frankenstein and other novels such as Bram Stoker's Dracula, the modern horror would not exist.
Examples:

Van Helsing- Frankenstein is used as the power source to bring Dracula's bat spawn to life.
Zombie Stories- Without Frankenstein, we be without The Walking Dead, Dawn of the Dead, and I Am Legend.
Conclusion
Frankenstein has influenced popular culture since its publishing in 1818.
The story itself has influenced people working in the realms of books, movies, television, and music. It has even influenced our own thoughts on current events and shaped our view about other people.
Frankenstein is truly a classical yet revolutionary piece of literature due to the effect it has had on the mediums of entertainment we experience and enjoy today.
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