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Frankenstein Or The Modern Prometheus Essay

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Gaining inspiration from Ancient Greek Mythology, Mary Shelley published a classic gothic science fiction novel, known informally as Frankenstein. In Ancient Greek folklore, Prometheus is said to be the wisest of all the Gods. In the form of fire, he has been praised for bringing forth knowledge and enlightenment to mankind. The history of Prometheus’ fate is depicted throughout the text. Victor Frankenstein, whom upon years of study and fascination of natural philosophy and chemistry, discovers the secret of life, just as Prometheus once discovered the ...view middle of the document...

Frankenstein is a wildly imaginative book in which Mary Shelley, who was way ahead of her time, writes a story that inspires many modern horror films and novels. Her technique of reeling readers in and playing with them, forces the audience to rethink their own lives and desires. In an instance, Victor’s problematic obsession with finding the secret of life, which is his number one desire, results in mayhem, disorder and death. Mary Shelley, whose mother was the champion of women's rights, Mary Wollstonecraft, also makes frequent reference to ideas of motherhood and creation. The main theme of the book, however, is the ways in which man manipulates his power, through science, to pervert his own destiny. Plainly, Frankenstein is different from, and much more intricate than, it’s following reinterpretations. The first reviews were mixed, attacking what one called a "disgusting...

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