Although most people
consider Frankenstein to be the name of the lumbering, man-made
monster, the name "Frankenstein" actually refers to
the fictional man who created this eerie, bolt-necked monster.
In fact, Dr. Frankenstein is a character created by Mary Shelley
when she and her literary buddies spent a few weeks together in
cabin in Switzerland. She, her husband, and Lord Byron, a famous
English poet, had a contest to see who could come up with the
most chilling ghost story. Mary's tale of a mad scientist who
creates an artificial man out of various corpse parts proved incredibly
frightening. In her story, the mad scientist becomes frightened
by his not-exactly-human, terrifying creation and rejects his
Frankenstein's monster learns anger, rejection, and hatred, and
the rest of the narrative tells the horrifying events that transpire
as the monster seeks revenge on his creator by killing all of
Frankenstein's loved ones and friends. It is a solemn and chilling
narrative about the nature of good and evil, created and creator,
and the influence of society upon a person's character and moral
Don't Forget to Have a Little Fun While Planning Your Halloween
This may seem rather long-winded to provide this background on
Frankenstein's monster, but the story will provide you with a
sense of the raw anger and ferocity of this popular Halloween
With the history of Frankenstein and his monster in mind, let
us plan out your Halloween costume. First, figure out what sort
of Frankenstein's monster you want to be. Some people opt to be
the rather absurd, bumbling, green-skinned monster as their Halloween
costume. I had a friend who brought along a tape recorder and
played 'Monster Mash' as he trick-or-treated his monster Halloween
costume. Feel free to have a little fun with your monster! People
interpret the character in a variety of ways, and your Halloween
costume is your Halloween costume.
Do what you want on this night of tricks and treats. The Frankenstein
story has roots in centuries of ghost stories about mummies, zombies,
and the idea of man-made life.
Bring Your Frankenstein?s Monster to Life!
Other people try to make a gruesome recreation of Shelley?s epic
monster. With fake blood and stage make-up, you can add awesome
details to your face and the rest of your Halloween costume. Look
at online Halloween costume websites for monster-appropriate clothing
and Halloween costumes.
Many times, you can buy or rent a complete Frankenstein?s monster
Halloween costume, which can save you time and energy. Look online
for different images of Frankenstein?s monster, and see if there
is one image in particular that would be perfect for your Halloween
costume. Remember that, at the end of Frankenstein, the monster
can talk, reason, and reflect, but his abandonment and condemnation
by his creator has truly made him into a vicious, angry, broken
monster. For you actors out there, this is one Halloween costume
that you can act out with a lot of dynamic emotion and character.
Let out your inner monster and enjoy All Hallow's Eve!
-About the Author
Paul Hulse writes for the Halloween Costume online retailer www.incostume.com.
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