The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is an extremely classic gothic story that has been translated into many languages, and therefore has been influential in lots of countries. In addition to diverse language translations, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley has been adapted for televisions, plays, and films in particular. Among these different versions, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) produced by Kenneth Branagh is a 1994 American horror movie considered the most faithful film adaptation of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. The film, however, has many remade parts in terms of settings, plots, and social issues although it is regarded as the most true-blue one. In other words, the film is still quite different from the novel; besides, the question of which one is better for the readers is being attendant. As a result, in contrast with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the film Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994) directed by Kenneth Branagh successfully presents far more attractive gothic elements, including space as it is experienced by the characters, the endings of the plot, and moral lessons about family issues.
To begin with, the novel Frankenstein and the film Mary Shelly's Frankenstein (1994) differ in the design of settings, space as it is experienced by the characters. The film one attracts the audience's attention more. At first, take the laboratory and experiment on the monster as examples to compare. In the novel, "[Frankenstein] collected bones from charnel-houses and disturbed, with profane fingers, the tremendous secrets of the human frame. In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartment by a gallery and staircase, [Frankenstein] kept [his] workshop of filthy creation" (43). Frankenstein uses a little room in his house as his lab to create the monster. Besides, the charnel-houses, dissecting room, and also the slaughter-house supply many of the materials to Frankenstein.