Halloween Countdown: Costume #2

2. The Monster from Mary Shelley‘s Frankenstein – We are all familiar with the green-skinned metal-rimmed monster from the Hollywood films, but has anyone actually done their homework to mascaraed as the real thing?

What follows is a description by Victor Frankenstein of what Mary Shelley really made her monster to look like: “His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour (get some white contacts!) as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion, and straight black lips.” (Chapter 4).

So ditch the green skin, spiked hair, and zombie-like walk, put on a 17th-century-styled suit, and impress the classically read at your Halloween party.


4 thoughts on “Halloween Countdown: Costume #2

  1. I think it’s interesting how the story of Frankenstein is altered through time and how it mirrors the cultures that it’s portrayed in, especially in the U.S. . I would like to submit that the story of Frankenstein in American culture focuses on the monster as being the menace due to American dependence on the doctor or scientist as a heroic symbol. There is also the element of that the United States was founded on the ideals of the enlightenment and the new belief in the scientific method.

    I see the story of Frankenstein as Romanticism’s critique of the Enlightenment and it’s values. To me it points out that scientists and doctors, though well educated, do not hold to omnipotence to replace the heroic figures that the enlightenment, in one way or another, sought to usurp: the clergy and superstition.

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