In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there are several references to God and the bible, specifically the book of Genesis. Shelley uses allusion to point to the idea of the parallels between Victor and the Monster and the story of Adam and Eve. These allusions are not only comparisons of Victor to God and the Monster to Adam but also Victor to Adam.
Driven by his mother’s own death, Victor looked to science for a way to combat death and illness for his own personal benefit and glory. By giving his creation life, he manages to attain the knowledge and status similar to that of God. The creation of this monster, like Prometheus’ stealing of fire, leads to Victor’s punishment. His life becomes one of loneliness and isolation, brought upon him by the creation of his creature and his attempt to be God. His carelessness and inability to fully understand the complications with his experiment contributed to his downfall and ultimately leads to a diversion in this comparison.
Victor and the creation of his monster to God and the creation of Adam, I feel as though another implication could be made. Victor Frankenstein could be seen as Adam. In Genesis God says 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). The creation of the monster sets off a series of events ultimately ending in the death of Victor’s family, leaving him to die alone in isolation. The