Nefertiti and The Bride of Frankenstein: Art Deco Divas

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I don’t know why I didn’t see their uncanny resemblance before? Art Deco Divas of a sort. But what is the connection? (Is there one?) What do they have in common, beside fabulous beehives?

For starters both are the wives of famous men. Both ‘married’ rebels. Nefertiti to the Pharoah Akhenaten, who attempted to transform Egypt through religious revolution, and ultimately failed. The Bride well…to Frank. Both bad boys.

Akhenaten might be the ultimate bad boy. He threw all the rules out. Out with the old and in with the new. New gods, new temple, new town… reminds me of someone else who played rough with the gods and paid the price, Prometheus. Stealing fire from the gods landed him chained to a rock, and having his liver torn out by eagles…daily.

As for Frank…the parallels between Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the myth of Prometheus are often cited. Dr. Frankenstein steals fire from the sky in the form of lightning, in order to create a new Adam. The Genesis myth in reverse, you might say.

So here’s my connection, the boys pay with their lives and eternal torture, and the girls get iconic hairdressing.

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