Partners in Crime or a Better Half?: A Comparison of the Friend and Assistant Relationships with Victor Frankenstein in "Frankenstein" and Film04/27/2018
Within Mary Shelley's novel, "Frankenstein", the friend character of Henry Clerval plays an important role in influencing Victor Frankenstein. Many film adaptations disregard this role of the friend, especially the 1931 version which situates Frankenstein between a relatively indifferent assistant and a false friend. The 2015 film, "Victor Frankenstein", seeks to revitalize the importance of the role that relationships played on Victor within the novel. Despite this attempt, the nature of the friendship between Igor and Victor in the film is not equal the one shown in the novel due to the inequality of the friendship portrayed in the movie. My work shows that while this move towards enforcing the importance of relationships on Victor's choices is improved in "Victor Frankenstein", it still does not give due diligence to the importance of friendship which can be seen with Henry Clerval in the novel.