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(A Comparison Of Frankenstein To Prometheus)

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The concept behind the story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley isn’t a new idea by any means. Way back when, the Greeks had a mythological figure called Prometheus. Trent Lorcher says this about him. “The full title of the novel, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, emphasizes the theme of Victor as an overreacher, one who ascends further than his ability. In Greek mythology, Prometheus created man. As a modern Prometheus, Victor creates a new species. Prometheus feels love for his creation (unlike the modern Prometheus) overreaches and steals fire from Zeus. Zeus punishes Prometheus by chaining him to a rock for eternity and sending an eagle to eat his liver daily.” So, what does ...view middle of the document...

(Page 54)” These two characters pursued knowledge beyond what they were intended to have, and ended up having some consequences.

Also, Frankenstein and Prometheus are similar because they defy a higher power. Not only did they learn beyond their boundaries, the two characters used their knowledge to defy powers greater than them. Sara Baase says this on Prometheus. “In Greek mythology, Prometheus was the creator of mankind. The goddess Athene taught him architecture, astronomy, mathematics, navigation, medicine, and metallurgy, and he in turn taught them to humans. Zeus, the chief of the Greek gods, became angry at Prometheus for making people powerful by teaching them all these useful skills.” So he angered Zeus, the king of the gods. Who did Frankenstein upset? This quote should help find the answer to that question. “I have described myself as always having been imbued with a fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature. In spite of the intense labour and wonderful discoveries of modern philosophers, I always came from my studies discontented and unsatisfied. (Page 52)” He defied the laws of nature by creating life. And once he brought his monster to life, nothing was in his control any longer, much the same as Prometheus when he gave humans fire.

Lastly, Frankenstein and Prometheus are similar because they are both determined. They both wouldn’t rest until they completed their goals. In Prometheus’ case, he continued being defiant, and was proud of what he had done, while he was being eaten alive daily as his punishment. Nick Pontikis says this of the myth. “He was tough and his morals were uncompromising. Even though his body was bound, his spirit was free and the Titan refused to buckle to Zeus' threats, torture and tyranny.” Frankenstein shunned all things from his life to focus on making his monster. He didn’t even take...

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