To What Extent Is Frankenstein The Modern Day Prometheus

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Is Frankenstein the modern day Prometheus?

Irvin M. Beacham Jr.

ENC 1101

Dr. Gaspar

Is Frankenstein the modern day Prometheus?

When Mary Shelly wrote her 1818 classic Frankenstein, she subtitled it “The Modern Prometheus.” She compared the character of Dr. Victor Frankenstein a highly intelligent scientist to the Greek Titan Prometheus the wisest of the Titans. There are numerous parallels between Dr. Frankenstein and Prometheus which could be the reason why Mary Shelly subtitled her novel “The Modern Prometheus”. Dr. Frankenstein and Prometheus both create a male human being, they both sought glory from their creations, and they
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