We’re sorry Frank
Frankenstein’s monster has got a bad rap. Most of us judge by appearances and ‘Frank’s’ appearance is enough to send us running for the torches. But the fact is, this monster has a heart and it’s his desire to love and be loved that get’s him into trouble.
But he has more than heart; he has courage. In the movie Bride of Frankenstein, he risks his own life
- A young girl comes running through the forest, and he hides himself beneath a cypress tree. As he watches, she suddenly stumbles and falls into the rapidly moving water; the creature, without thinking, leaps in and rescues her from certain death. As he is attempting to revive her, a peasant (presumably the girl’s father) snatches the girl away from him, and shoots the creature when he attempts to follow. The creature bitterly contemplates this “reward for [his] benevolence.
when he jumps into a raging river to save a young girl from drowning. After bringing her to the shore, a nearby hunter comes upon the scene.
The hunter misinterprets what he sees and, believing the monster has attacked the girl, fires a shot, wounding him in the shoulder. No good deed ever goes unpunished.
Yesterday, a movie still of the very human monster was used to illustrate an article about a cruel ploy used by some fathers to wrench custody of a child who has accused them of abuse. But using Frankenstein’s monster to portray this monstrous fraud was a misunderstanding and a reminder that appearances can be deceiving when trying to help abused children to identify their abusers. We owe him an apology.