Study Guide

Frankenstein Marriage

Marriage

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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