Frankenstein plus the Birth-Mark
There are numerous similarities among Nathaniel Hawthorne's story 'The Birthmark' and Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein'. That they both feature pure, vivacious women, crazy scientists, and strange co-workers. I have been trying to find out if Hawthorne actually read 'Frankenstein' and perhaps modeled his story after it, yet I could think of nothing to confirm this idea. I think almost certainly so , due to the number of similarities.
Nevertheless , Aminadab, Aylmer's assistant, was an original creation. I arrived at this realization because, following much analysis, I found away that in Shelley's book, Victor Frankenstein doesn't have an associate. The famous helpers that we as a north american public have grown to be familiar with were only made famous in the movies. A shame, because that was your most important similarity I noticed in the reading.
In 'The Birthmark', Aminadab, Aylmer's " under-worker" appears to represent male's physical character. A strange man rendered with " vast strength" and " indescribable earthiness, " this individual understands just how Aylmer's problems on Georgiana's body cause doom. He remarks, " If your woman were my wife, I'd never part with that birth-mark". Aminadab understands in the beginning that the experimented with removal of the mark probably will kill Georgiana, yet eventually when the girl does expire, he laughters.
Inside the popular motion picture versions of 'Frankenstein' we have been exposed to numerous assistants, such as Fritz and Igor. All of them possessed some of the strength and earthiness Hawthorne describes in 'The Birthmark'. Some were funny, some were terrifying, but I use had to expound on my original theory. Perhaps the " under-worker" most people are familiar with today originate from a compilation of the two stories. For sure, the basic story of 'Frankenstein' has evolved today to be associated with the upset scientist and his strange helper. The story is absolutely not the same devoid of that persona. My personal favorite is usually Igor via 'Young Frankenstein' (See video...