What Did Frankenstein’s Monster Look Like?
In chapter 5 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the monster is described as having yellow skin. There is no mention of bolts in his neck in the book. In fact, Victor describes the monster as having been designed to have limbs “that were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! — Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness.”
Where Does the Idea of Frankenstein’s Monster Being Green With Bolts in His Neck Come From?
The 1931 Frankenstein trailer.
The 1910 Frankenstein silent film.
Previous versions like the first film adaptation (above) done by Edison Studios in 1910 showed a very different looking, and far less handsome, version of the monster than is portrayed in the book or later media.
Earlier depictions of the monster commonly showed him as yellow as he is described in the book.
FACT: Frankenstein can be read as a political metaphor for the French Revolution. Mary Shelley’s parents and her husband were all political writers, her mother was Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of feminism.