Frankenstein as an Inverse Creation Story

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Tamara Rosendall Mr. VanderKolk AP Literature 19 April 2013 Who is God: The Creator or the Created? Many find the popular TV show, Toddlers in Tiaras, to be entertaining. Some like the show for the drama while some like watching it to see all the little girls dressed up in frilly dresses and costumes. However, when analyzing the content of the show, one may see that the parents aren’t really the ones in charge—their prima donna daughter is. The reversed order of authority also plays a part in the gothic novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley uses the characters of Victor Frankenstein and the monster to display a contradiction to the creation story in the Bible through her novel Frankenstein. Their relationship inverts the account of…show more content…
(Shelley, p. 92) The monster reveals that he knows the duty that a creator has towards his creation, and that Frankenstein has not fulfilled any duty towards his creature. He continues to rebuke his creator and reminds the latter of their duties to one another. He proposes, “I am thy creature, and I will be even mild a docile to my natural lord and king, if thou wilt perform thy part, the which thou owest me…Remember, that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed,” (Shelley, p. 69). He offers a chance to fix their relationship, but he also reprimands Frankenstein for denying him at first. Again, the monster refers back to the book he found to compare to and argue that Victor has a duty to provide for him. He recalls the past few years of his life that he lived alone and criticizes, No Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone. I remembered Adam’s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him…I am an unfortunate and deserted creature; I look around, and I have no relation or friend upon earth…I am an outcast in the world forever.” (Shelley, p. 94, 95) Frankenstein has also denied him the companionship that God gave to Adam in the garden. At the end of

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