Week2 Frankenstein Myth-Sonya

Summary: Rushing and Frentz displayed their views of the “Frankenstein Myth” of humans vs. machines in the movie arena.  The discussion was broken down into two distinctive categories: Utopian defined (page 62) as fiction which employs positive images of the robot as “the visible sign of the triumph of reason-the enlighten dream of human progress” and dystopian defined as fiction creates foreboding (dangerous or threaten) images of the robot.  These two topics were discussed as the basis of how humans depict the fiction of the word “monster” as humans create machines and give thoughts and views of how humans create them in their image of fiction into machines as we know them to be “robots” as a vision of human beings. This statement was said best at the beginning of the reading: Rushing & Frentz (page 61) virtually from the beginning, we humans have carried on a love-hate relationship with the tools we have made”.  Humans create these robots in a human image which demonstrates their view of the Frankenstein Myth of being scary, dominant, in control.  However in essence humans create these machines in their own images, what does this say about humans and the way they see technology in the cinema arena to reality.

 As technology has evolved from home phones to cell phones, from radio to TV’s, from telegrams to emails the new age technology goes on and on its limitless and has continued to get better.  As we have seen in the cinema arena from black and white movies with no sound to reinvented movies using the same type of technology but a little more advanced.  Rushing and Frentz pointed out these details of media using the contemporary cinema of movies they pointed out on page 61 that “the most profound insights into how technology is and might be experienced by the culture as a whole often emanate from the literary and cinematic genre of science fiction. Also stated to point out how convergence is related to this topic page 61-62 states that “Man intellectually and emotionally rejects electric technology at same time that increasingly comet to rely on it”.  This is true as humans we create and enhance the world of technology. Therefore we are the leaders in creating our own monsters as a reflection of some human behaviors.   

In support of my summary that man created these monsters that some are rejecting and the technology that has come about in creating these images of “robot\machines” and how they are depicted.  Rushing and Frentz stated on page 61 – “Virtually from the beginning, we humans have carried on a love-hate relationship with the tools we have made”  and “Man intellectually and emotionally rejects electric technology at the same time that he increasingly comes to rely on it”.   As the Frankenstein complex is in regard to the dystopian fictions as the expression of unconscious fears (hence our own create fears).



The most difficult part about this reading, there was a lot of information and topics before the authors got to the point.  There is very good information.  However, a little complex for me to grasp.

Questions: How did the authors come to the understanding of the phrase “The Frankenstein Myth?

What type of message are they trying to get across to the reader about the “Frankenstein Myth?

This article can really help on my project as a reference to pull ideas from when comparing man\human being vs. machine and how humans use the term “monster” as a way of depicting a cinema image of humans.


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