Study Guide

Frankenstein Madness

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Frankenstein's the original mad scientist, laughing maniacally and proclaiming that he's discovered the secrets of the universe. In fact, the film portrays him as mad precisely because he's a scientist; trying to discover those secrets of the universe makes you think you're godlike.

As soon as Frankenstein stops experimenting, he gets all sane and normal. Science; it's dangerous for the sanity, especially if you do your experiments in a scary old castle.

Questions About Madness

  1. Is Dr. Waldman sane? Or does he also go a little mad in the pursuit of science? Explain your answer.
  2. Is the monster mad? Explain your answer.
  3. If Frankenstein's mad, does that mean he's not responsible for creating the monster? Or does he choose madness? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

Frankenstein isn't mad; he just sees more clearly than the other characters.

Frankenstein's mad because he sees more clearly than the other characters.

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