Archive for November, 2018


Disability Does Not Mean Cooing

-By Gabriela Acosta

The first one allows for a broader perspective to open interpretations

considering the fact that often times, people with disabilities are

talked down upon almost as if they were a child. People feel the need

and tendency to speak slower to someone that seems to be impaired or

shows physicals signs of being “less capable” than those who are

“normal”. “Normal” to society can be defined as a sense of independence

meaning that people are capable of doing everyday activities without

extra help. It may seem like a condescending thought, but when watching

people interact with the elderly (which are viewed as disabled, due to

their lack of mobility for some occasions), caretakers tend to speak

slower to them and coo them as if they were children (and some act as

children because their mental state begins to decline). Anyone with a

mental disability, no matter how big or small, is treated with extra

care as if they were a fragile flower or made of glass. Although, they

are different in their own way (such as two people are not alike), it

is bold to assume that they do not understand “normal” speech and thus

need things to be slowed down. The creature was treated as though he

had a mental disability and he was being cooed by Elizabeth who was

acting as a care taker for a while. Victor, on the other, can be seen

showing extreme discomfort around Adam and he was ready AND willing to

put him down because he did not find a cure. Those in society that tend

to show major discomfort will often find it better to pretend as

though people with disabilities do not exist because it makes their

world a whole lot easier. Victor is the part of society that is

unwilling to coexist with disabled people and Elizabeth is the other

part of society that sees the disabled more as children, rather than as

an equal human being they can communicate properly to.

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I chose the third prompt because we get to witness some scenes in the film that portray disability on another level which reflects down to the main novel.The film not only portrayed disability, but it showed disability in a different context from what we initially would think we would have seen. Although, Adam the creature is illiterate and mentally impaired he has the capacity to hurt individuals with the power of his hands. This is significant because in society people see disabled people as helpless and the need for more caring, but Adam on the other hand is strong and smart after he learns a few things from his friend Eddie. Adams physical abilities show us that he was like no other, but these doctors that thought he was disabled due to his lack of knowledge were wrong and ignorant to assume he didn’t have the ability to gain knowledge.

-Guadalupe Andrade

  1. There was a sense of having to “talk down” almost as if though “Adam” were a child, cooing as though he were an infant. There was a sense of discomfort and Victor did not see Adam as a person, but rather as an object that needed to be eradicated.

When referring to the comment above it can be used to understand themes that can be seen throughout Bernard Rose’s film, Frankenstein. As the comment clearly states, Adam is seen copying and imitating human emotions as well as the actions done by other humans. Although the difficulties are demonstrated through the way Adam acts, Adam demonstrates having the capability to understand human interactions, Victor chooses to ignore this and neglects Adam. Which eventually leads to Adam understanding that he did not reach his creator’s expectations.

By Daniel Olmos

“Not Normal”

Maya Carranza

“Victor and Elizabeth view their creation in different ways. In a way they serve as stand-ins for how science tends to view people with disabilities. On the one hand, Elizabeth, people with disabilities are still able to feel and should be viewed with compassion. They should be cared for. On the other hand, Victor, represents viewing people with disabilities as lesser, as failed by-products, that need to be taken care of.”

There are many different views on people with disabilities which can be viewed in the 2015 adaptation of Frankenstein by Bernard Rose. The second comment offers a great representation of that. Throughout the film, people treated the monster in many different ways. For example, Victor treated the monster badly and as something that needed to be fixed because of his lack of abilities that “normal” people are able to do. On the other hand, Elizabeth, cared and was compassionate about the monster and even felt remorseful when Victor wanted to put him down. This comes to show the way people view and act towards others with disabilities. One great example of that in todays society is that once parents find out their child may be born with a disability they get an abortion or put them down (like Victor) while others are sympathetic and actually believe they deserve a chance at life (like Elizabeth). To conclude, this film brings to light the way people act, good and bad, towards others that are seen as “not normal”.

Not disabled

Alexuz Bejarano

The doctors think since “Adam” is mentally impaired they’d have much more control over him, considering him as disabled. He looks like a grown man with the mind set of an infant. Leading the doctors to not really thinking about his physical abilities. They assumed since he’s mentally thinking like an infant, physically he must move like one and have to learn it all step by step. When in fact “Adam” was physically capable for anything. Though mentally, he has no reason for anything because he doesn’t know better. The doctors think they’re ahead of “Adam” mentally but while he’s out in the world he’s learning so much

Bianca Lopez Munoz

“There was a sense of having to “talk down” almost as if though “Adam” were a child, cooing as though he were an infant. There was a sense of discomfort and Victor did not see Adam as a person, but rather as an object that needed to be eradicated.”

It is common for people to assume that someone who is physically different is also neurologically different. A lot of times, people talk to those who are differently abled as if they are children or unintelligent. They may mean well, but at the end of the day it is rude and ignorant of them to assume the intelligence of another based on their looks/ability. Though Adam’s consciousness was at the level of an infant, he was still able to sense tension and other emotions around him. He still felt pain at the hands of the scientists. Just because he isn’t as neurologically developed and physically as able, he is still a breathing, feeling individual who deserves respect and dignity. I feel like the discomfort Victor felt revolved mostly around his own failure as a scientist to create a perfect being. Which I think might be similar to what some parents feel when they are told a child has some sort of ‘problem’ that isn’t typically expected or wished for in a child like autism or down syndrome and again though both have spectrums, these are both livable conditions. They aren’t people who need to be hidden or abandoned, which is what happened to Adam.

Victor and Elizabeth view their creation in different ways. In a way they serve as stand-ins for how science tends to view people with disabilities. On the one hand, Elizabeth, people with disabilities are still able to feel and should be viewed with compassion. They should be cared for. On the other hand, Victor, represents viewing people with disabilities as lesser, as failed by-products, that need to be taken care of.

The second comment can serve as the structure for a longer and engaging paper. By close reading the ableist dynamics in the movie through its primary antagonists Victor and Elizabeth, we are able to examine the nuances between these polar stances. The comment already has a structure, first examine the compassion that Elizabeth gives and feels is expected of her.  There is a multitude of ways to approach close reading the two (in a way that emphasises the subtle or unsubtle abelist tones), but perhaps for the sake of time we shall read them in the context of the dynamics between masculinity, feminity, and parentage. Elizabeth’s sympathy is feminized and is immediately interpreted as a mother figure, she is immediately accused of coddling him and being too sensitive. And yet, by infantilizing the newborn creature, she is also dehumanizing him and making him into his disability. We could also look at another female figure in the movie, Wanda, who is immediately offended when she is seen as the only option for Adam to experience sex for the first time. Meanwhile Victor not only represents the eugenic’s obession with “health” but, he assumes the role of the cold father figure. His own sensibilities restrict him and mold his indifference.

 

Maria Nguyen-Cruz

By: Yocelin De Lira

4. . Somehow, by wanting to produce a more perfect human being, Victor and Elizabeth are admitting to disabilities of their own. A creature impervious to pain and is virtually indestructible by medical and other violent means would be a triumph to the Frankensteins- if Adam were more conventionally attractive and had a neuro-typical consciousness.

Elizabeth and Victor wanted to create the perfect human, however, Adam was the result of there work.  Adam is mentally impaired as a child with unhuman strengths. Elizabeth believes that Adam is still human, although he mentally impaired and doesn’t believe he should not be killed. On the other hand, Victor believes Adam is the product of his failure and should be killed. Victor is arguing killing Adam is the humane way because no one would be able to pass his physical appearance. Because of Adam physical appearance, Elizabeth and Victor cannot view him as human. Elizabeth is the perfect example of a bystander who sees injustice and does not do anything. Society has gotten much better in understanding people with disabilities, but still has a way to go. Raising awareness about disabilities would further educate society about disabilities, accessibility and inclusion

Comment 2 offers the best broader interpretation of the film. In the film, different characters see disabilities in different ways. Victor saw the creature more like an object or even an animal that he could use for his experiments. He couldn’t see pass Adam’s disability and believed that his disability made him less of a human. Since Adam wasn’t the way he expected him to be he thought that he had the right to kill him since he was the creator. On the other hand, Elizabeth recognized the creatures disability and believed that there was no reason to treat him as less of a human. She talked to him and helped calm him down on several occasions. Elizabeth did not want to be part in putting the creator down but Victor gave her no choice. Later on, we also get to see how other people view disabilities such as Eddy, Wanda, and the police officers. While Eddy was accepting of the monster because he himself had his own disability, the other people were not as accepting. The two police officers brutally beat Adam and shot him on the head with the goal to kill him. If Adam didn’t have this disability, they would have most likely not treated him in such a way but because of his disability, they saw him as lesser and non-human.  Wanda also made a disgusted face when he saw the creature and asked if he was contagious.

 

Of the comments made of the film that was selected, the one I felt offered the potential for a broader interpretation of the film was the fifth one in which the person speaks about the disability Adam showcases in the film such as his inability to speak and comprehend his surroundings. It’s something that many people with disabilities experience and something that many feel needs to be fixed, just as the Frankensteins did when they first realized his disability and its through realizing this that their treatment towards him sort of declines, as they move from treating almost humanlike to something lesser, as the person claimed in their comment with how the Frankensteins treated him like an animal when they decided to finally put him down. 

It’s through this as well that made me think of the sixth comment made by someone else, and though it’s relatively simple it does go right to the point in how they treated Adam to how they have treated patients in psychiatric wards with comparing the two. Psychiatric wards, or hospitals, have a long history in their mistreatment towards their patients, as many have tended to treat them more aggressively as we see in the film.

– Lou Flores