Study Guide

Frankenstein Marriage

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What does marriage and love and happiness have to do with the grim, growling, murdering monster? Well, remember that Frankenstein's creating life. The usual way you create life in a Hollywood film—and ditto life—is you get married and indulging in a lot o' baby-making.

But Frankenstein runs away from his fiancée to make life out of old dead bodies and criminal brains. The whole monster creation business is a kind of alternative to happy marriage; you could almost say that Frankenstein runs away from Elizabeth to marry Fritz and have a baby monster.

Questions About Marriage

  1. Is Frankenstein a romance story? Explain your answer.
  2. Is marriage a trap for Henry? For Elizabeth? Explain your answer.
  3. Elizabeth was originally supposed to marry Victor at the end of the film following Henry's death. Would that have been a happier or sadder ending? Explain your answer.

Chew on This

The monster takes the place of Elizabeth and Henry's child.

The monster takes the place of Henry as groom.

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