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Victor Frankenstein As Adam Essay

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Drew QuanVictor Frankenstein As AdamMost would claim that Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein, is comparable to the God in Genesis but what is often overlooked is the fact that he actually has much more in common with Adam. In essence, many parallels can be drawn between Victor and Adams' acts in each of their respective stories. For example, one could easily compare the eating of the forbidden fruit with the creation of Frankenstein's creature and the inevitable fallout that both acts receive. Frankenstein also turns his back on society and the norm by pursuing forbidden science to help him create his blasphemy in the creature, much the same way Adam turns his own back on God's wishes.Victor Frankenstein is compatible with Adam because their actions are mirror reflections of each other. One example is when in Genesis, God proclaims to Adam, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2). Here God clearly states to Adam that he cannot eat from the tree because it would bring a terrible fate, death. As one already knows, Adam does end up eating the fruit when it is offered to him by Eve and for his transgressions he and his partner are cursed and given the ultimatum of death. The circumstances Adam found himself in are in fact parallel to what Victor Frankenstein endures. The creation of his monster sets off a series of events that eventually end with the death of almost the entirety Victor's family and loved ones, leaving him to die alone in isolation. The creation of the monster is what lead to all of Victor's misfortunes and cursed him with the monster's attentions. This is why it is Frankenstein's metaphorical eating of the apple. When Victor receives a letter from his loved cousin Elizabeth and after reading it says, "Some soften feelings stole into my heart, and dared to whisper paradisiacal dreams of love and joy; but the apple was already eaten, and the angels arm bared to drive me from all hope" (162). That thing which drove him away from all hope was the creation of his monster, which is a direct parallel to when Adam and Eve are driven out of the Garden of Eden because of their own hubris. After the knowledge of his creation and its true horrors, Victor never was able to go back to his old life no matter how hard he tried to forget. Always, the monster's shadow would follow him wherever he went and when the Monster could not physically be there Victor would feel his action's guilt in his dreams and daydreams. He could never escape the consequences of his own hubris just as Adam and Eve could never go back to the Garden of Eden as a consequence for their arrogance. Both Victor and Adam had to pay the ultimate price for their sins, death. When Adam eats the apple, "the eyes of both were opened." the same thing happens to Frankenstein when the Monster opens it's eyes and he realizes what he did was wrong.Another...

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