Variationen des Frankensteinthemas in der amerikanischen Fernsehserie "Star Trek"

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GRIN Verlag, 2007 - 96 pages
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Examensarbeit aus dem Jahr 2004 im Fachbereich Anglistik - Literatur, Note: 2,0, Eberhard-Karls-Universitat Tubingen (Neuphilologie Abt. Amerikanistik), 32 Quellen im Literaturverzeichnis, Sprache: Deutsch, Abstract: Die Beliebtheit der Serien des Star Trek Universums druckt sich schon allein darin aus, dass inzwischen funf spin offs der Originalserie existieren. Zu den inzwischen uber 600 Folgen aller Serien wurden bis zum heutigen Tag zehn Kinofilme gedreht, die allesamt zu Kassenschlagern wurden. Dieser Erfolg ist unter anderem auch auf die grosse Beliebtheit des Frankensteinthemas zuruckzufuhren. Hierbei wird in Star Trek nicht nur das Motiv des kunstlichen Menschen ubernommen, sondern auch Shelleys Kritik an Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft, sowie die Frage danach, was den Menschen ausmacht und wann ein Wesen Menschenrechte besitzen muss. Die Analyse der ausgewahlten Hauptcharaktere wird einerseits deren grundsatzlichen Anlage in der jeweiligen Serie, jedoch auch konkrete Beispiele aus verschiedenen Folgen heranziehen, in denen Parallelen und Abweichungen zu Frankenstein aufgezeigt werden konnen. Die Analyse des Romanes grundet sich auf die Ausgabe von 1831, da es sich hierbei um die starker rezipierte Ausgabe handelt. Da sich eine solche vergleichende Analyse stets auf den ursprunglichen Text berufen muss, werden zuerst die mythischen Grundlagen in Form des Prometheusmythos, die Shelley bei der Erschaffung ihrer Kreatur beeinflussten, untersucht. Hierbei werden Parallelen und Unterschiede zwischen Frankenstein und Prometheus herausgearbeitet, um sie spater mit Figuren aus Star Trek vergleichen zu konnen. Da es die Werke der mittelalterlichen Alchemisten sind, die Frankensteins Forscherdrang wecken und durch die er die Idee der Schaffung einer kunstlichen Kreatur zum ersten mal kennen lernt, wird auch auf deren Werke eingegangen werden. Im Zuge der Darstellung von Shelleys Wissenschaftskritik wird es notwendig sein, die Situation der Wissenschaft zu Zeiten Shelle"

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