Explaining death

I watched a DVD movie tonight. It was the Hallmark Hall of Fame version of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”. The mvoie initially focused on the early days of Victor Frankstein, the creator of the monster. One of the questions: the writers have a child ask his mother: what is death? I’m not sure my memory of the exact words is accurate, but the mother answered: the heart gets worn out and tired. It stops beating. The body dies. She went on to tell the child that everybody, everything dies. The script writers imply that this conversation with his mother was one of the inspirations for Dr. Frankenstein to create life. It’s Shelley’s and the movie writer’s fiction spoken as a truth that even a child can understand.

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