An aristocratic young Victor Frankenstein dances with his mother. Elizabeth is brought to meet her new family. Years later, Frankenstein sits in a dimly lit study reading medical books. His mother Caroline tells him to enjoy life. Victor and Elizabeth dance in the large ballroom. When Caroline faints, his father Baron Alphonse and the attendants are thrust into chaos. A strike of lightening foreshadows Caroline's complicated birth, and she dies. Victor is heartbroken, setting in motion his obses
Victory, Elizabeth and their friend fly kites on a mountaintop. When an unusual cloud passes overhead, Victor set up one of his inventions, and they all received small electric charges. That evening Victory and Elizabeth share a kiss and decide to wed. Victor leaves for Ingolstadt, where he rents a large gothic attic, with an apex roof. Much of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein relies on architecture to portray the direction of the story, from looming staircases to dimly lit studies and gothic laborat
"Knowledge is power" begins Victor's new professor. Standing in the middle of a panopticon, as he addresses the new students. A shaded onlooker locks eyes with the professor before he stresses the need to apply your self to the laws of physical reality. Victor questions what he considers a narrow-minded approach, stirring the attention of the shaded figure and ridicule from the speaker. The use of light and dark offers a literal foreshadowing of Victor and the anonymous man's future relationship
Victor argues with his professor. After class, the shadowy figure, Professor Waldman, accosts Victor, demanding he explains himself. After Victor speaks of a future without death, Waldman introduces him to astounding new Chinese techniques and experiments. Victor proves himself a worthy partner. Back home, Elizabeth writes to Victor, beckoning a response, but Victor is becoming dangerously obsessed with life and death. Later, the doctors attempt to vaccinate the town against cholera. Unfamiliar
Victor's desire for eternal life is driven by the insatiable trauma of loss, blinding him from reason. Henry Clerval is resistant to Victor's wild theories and warns him of the dangers his actions will create. Back home, Elizabeth struggles with Victor's absence in letter and person. In Ingolstadt, Victor begins sourcing "raw materials" to rebuild new life. Discovering the correct combination of elements while experimenting on a frog, his impatience causes him to miss a foreboding consequence.
The town is quarantined. Elizabeth arrives to recover Victor, finding him changed. Victor refuses to leave, breaking Elizabeth's heart and his own. Victor descends into madness, devoted to his creation. The musical score builds tension in this gothic description of Victor's development of life. After bringing the creature to life, Victor realises his god-like experiments are not meant for this world.
Frankenstein awakens in the street, hungry and aware of his own malformation. The villagers turn on Frankenstein, beating and persecuting him as the cause of the plague. Scared, Frankenstein hides.
Henry cares for Victor. Hearing music he discovers that Elizabeth hasn't left him, the two rekindled their relationship, and Victor tells Elizabeth his experiments are over. Hiding in a pig barn, Frankenstein scavenges food and watches on a family unit discuss breakfast. Frankenstein discovers Victor's book in his jacket. Despite appearances, Frankenstein has a good and kind heart and hearing the family worry about the winter weather and lack of food, decides to harvest their field as an anonymo
The quarantine is lifted, Victor prepares to return home and marry Elizabeth. Victor asks Henry to return home with them and work in his doctor's practice, but when Henry says yes he is reminded of his journal outlining the experiments. At the home Frankenstein has used for shelter, the landlord assaults the kindly grandfather for not paying rent. Frankenstein defends the old man and is welcome into the home. Blind, the grandfather takes Frankenstein at his deeds. The old man's son, worried, rus
Frankenstein finds Victor in distress after Justine was hung for the murder of the young boy. Frankenstein tells Victor to meet him on the Sea of Ice. Hiding his reason from Elizabeth and Henry, Victor heads off to kill Frankenstein. Frankenstein holds Victor in a glacial cavern. Victor accuses Frankenstein of murder, but Frankenstein reasons they are both to blame. Frankenstein ponders the state of his existence and holds Victor accountable for his megalomania. Frankenstein demands a companion
Elizabeth is furious at Victor's on-going secrecy and accuses him of thinking only of himself, ironically at a moment when Victor is finally thinking of others. Frankenstein presents Justine's body as that to be reanimated, when Victor refuses, Frankenstein threatens Elizabeth. Victor confesses to Elizabeth, and they wed.
Frankenstein kills Elizabeth, sending Victor into madness. Victor returns Elizabeth's body to the laboratory and attempts to restore her using Justine's intact body. The gothic staircase is a reoccurring image of Victor's descent into a dangerous relationship to life and death.
Elizabeth is recreated, and Victor attempts to reconnect with her. Frankenstein arrives, and Elizabeth realises what has occurred. Angered by her situation, Elizabeth sets herself and the laboratory alight, much to Victor and Frankenstein's punishment.
Captain Walton tells his ice locked crew of Victor's unbelievable story. Inside the ship, the crew discovers a weeping Frankenstein. Frankenstein and the crew hold a ceremony for Victor's death. When the ice begins to break, everyone rushes toward to ship and Captain Walton beckons Frankenstein. Frankenstein chooses to remain with Victor. Captain Walton learns to act with compassion.
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