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Frankenstein And Paradise Lost Essay

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The novel of Paradise Lost by John Milton starts with the story of Adam and Eve and how they had lost their place in Paradise, this story comes from the first chapters of the Bible called Genesis. Milton expands on the story of creation, giving it more details and then he introduces the story of Satan. Satan, also known as Lucifer was an angel in heaven that resented his lack of recognition in heaven, he created a war against God, and this lead to Lucifer’s exile to hell. Satan is determined to get back at God for sending him to hell, so he decides to hurt what God loved the most - man. This same thirst for revenge is similar to the need of revenge of the creature that was created by Victor Frankenstein in the novel by Mary Shelley. However this need for revenge is driven by different factors and thus regardless of the similarities that we can find between Satan and the creature, the cause of their hatred is what differentiates this two characters apart. By examining the key facts like the noble savage, the source of their hate and what they desired, we can see how the Frankenstein's creature parallels the character of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost.
The concept of the noble savage was a concept idealized by a man called Jean-Jacques Rousseau, this concept was glorified in the romantic literature because it enabled the possibility that there was an innate goodness in man, and that man was corrupted by society and the influence of civilization. In the novel of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, a man that had devoted his entire career and life to the creation of a creature that would perhaps symbolize the incarnation of his studies. With this innate passion of acquiring knowledge, Victor “opens the pandora box” and unleashed a creature that haunts him. Victor's creation parallels the characteristics of Satan in Milton’s Paradise Lost. The concept of the novel savage can be better understood if we divide this idea into two parts: the creation and when they are corrupted. In the first part, the creation, we can see how Satan was created by God with the purpose of being good and he was an angel in heaven. Frankenstein's creature was created under the same ideas, but his creator was horrified at the outcome of his experiment so he rejects him.
If we had to find the source of their hatred of both, Satan and Frankenstein’s creature we can find they both felt resentment towards their creator. Santan was created with the intentions of
accomplishing perfection, he was a cherub and for a time he was an...

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