How is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein the Modern Prometheus?

834 WordsFeb 17, 20183 Pages
Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus. The full title of this amazing book is very rarely spoken and to some people, confusing because of the metaphor. How does this story, about a nameless creature that is created by a half-crazed man, at anyway relate to a Greek myth about fire? There are no references to ancient Greece in the story. Are there though? Victor is constantly thought of as a god by the creature he creates, and there is human possession clear in the text. Unbeknownst to readers, these two stories, surprisingly, have a lot in common. Not only are the characters from Prometheus and Frankenstein similar, but the circumstances also have some overlaps. The story of Prometheus is a myth set in the early days of mankind. Prometheus and his brother, Epimetheus, travel down to earth to wreck havoc ordered by Zeus, the king of the gods. Epimetheus begins with creating animals. Prometheus waits and walks around enjoying the serenity of Earth. This action of not following what he is supposed to do is shown by young Frankenstein when he is more attracted to the writings of Cornelius Agrippa and Paracelsus. In the modern world, the writings of two fifteenth and sixteenth century scientists are not accepted as scientific facts. Later in the mythological story, Prometheus sees a group of nomadic humans. As he had no creatures for himself like Epimetheus, he decided that this species would be his, his to care for and to love. This expression of possession of another
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