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Frankenstein Vs. Edward Scissorhands

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Mike MacEwan

on 11 November 2013

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Frankenstein Vs. Edward Scissorhands
By: Mike MacEwan
Both Frankenstein's monster and Edward are both created rather then being born and they actually have a very similar storyline to them. Both creations spent the first years of their lives in isolation. Some may argue that this has a great affect on how they act when they are put in a situation where they have to interact with other humans. Also, both creatures are betrayed after they put trust in other humans to do the right thing. Both creatures are also highly discriminated against by the way that they look. Also, both of these creatures were just looking for acceptance and someone that they could call a friend who wouldn't judge them based on looks. Another similarity is the way that the two stories end. Frankenstein and Edward both end up retreating back into exile because ulitimatley, they do not fit in the societies they were put in. Lastly, both Peggy and Victor didn't think about how their monsters may affect their societies and at some point they both regretted what they did.
Now, both creatures are not all the same. Edward was actually accepted into society before he was betrayed. People actually befriended Edward and welcomed him. Unfortunately, Frankenstein's monster didn't get this luxury. Immediately after being created he was rejected even by his creator. Also, unlike the monster, Edward had a chance to fit into society and live a normal life. The monster, however, was not given this chance because people would never take the risk of talking to him.
Common Theme's in the Two.
There are many common theme's within these two pieces and some would even go as far as saying that Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands is just a modern day Hollywood telling of Frankenstein. There are many common themes within the novel and the 1990 film. The themes evident in both pieces are love, discrimination, and acceptance.
So, what actually makes a monster? Both these creatures did nothing to hurt anyone and were ultimately just seeking acceptance. Do they deserve to be labeled as monsters or is this just another example of discrimination based on how someone looks?
Discussion Questions
1. How and in what ways does the environment that one grows up in affect how they act when they are out on their own?

2. Does Edward Scissorhands and Frankenstein's monster deserve to be titled as monsters? Why?

3. Does a person choose to be a monster?
Merriam-Webster= A person or thing that cannot be controlled and causes many problems.

Oxford= An inhumanly cruel or wicked person.

Collins= A very large person, animal, or thing.

Thematic Statement
In Mary Shelley's novel,
and Tim Burton's film,
Edward Scissorhands,
both exemplify how when put in a environment where we don't fit in or are rejected, we tend to return to what we know best and are familiar with.
"It's not Heaven he is from, straight form the stinking flames of hell. The power of Satan is in him, I can feel it!" - One of Peggy's neighbors

“it’s gigantic stature, and the deformity of its aspect, more hideous than belongs to humanity, instantly informed me that it was the wretch, the filthy daemon, to whom i had given life.”- Victor Frankenstein
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