Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus

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The title of Mary Shelley 's novel is Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus. So it shouldn 't come as a shock that Mary Shelley was actually influenced by this tale. Her husband Percy Shelley had actually begun composing his own tale of Prometheus in the form of poetry entitled, Prometheus Unbound. He began composing this piece around the same time that his wife was publishing Frankenstein. Mary Shelley included "The Modern Prometheus" as part of her title for the novel and she attempts to compare Victor Frankenstein, and the Monster with Prometheus. ( Frankenstein and Prometheus are both epic stories and they are alike in many ways, including: Victor and Prometheus both created life, their creations were abandoned by…show more content…
Frankenstein used science to create the Creature which would be an incredible leap into the realm of higher learning and science. ( Both Prometheus and Frankenstein abandoned their creations because of a particular circumstance. When Prometheus created the human race, he sought to aid humanity in every way possible. However, due the punishment Zeus gave him for stealing fire, Prometheus was unable to aid humanity, and thus humanity was deserted. In Frankenstein, “Victor was immediately horrified by what his work had created, and sought to avoid the monster by any means possible.” ( He believed that if he was creating a being made of the most beautiful parts that the product would be beautiful, but again, when the monster wakes up, Victor sees what he has created and knows that what he has done is wrong. The creation of an unnatural being, by unnatural means disgusts Victor and that causes him to flee. ( It can be argued that Prometheus was more loyal to his creatures that Victor Frankenstein, who abandoned his monster
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