Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus

1342 WordsMay 10, 20156 Pages
All readers read different things into the words written. But there is no doubt in the connection of the Greek God Prometheus and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, as the title of the book states: Frankenstein, or the modern Prometheus. Shelley made sure that the readers knew that Frankenstein is to be seen as the modern Prometheus, and all things in her book connect Frankenstein to the Greek God that shaped Humanity. In this essay is stated that Frankenstein is indeed as Shelley meant, the modern Prometheus. Reasoning behind this is of how Frankenstein’s and Prometheus’s early life is similar, how both of their interests are the same and how this lead to them creating new life and learning from these decisions. That they sacrifice themselves for their creation and are punished for this too, and how other characters from both stories symbolize each other. Facts, quotations and explanations are stated based on knowledge of the book and articles regarding the book and the myth. This essay takes the by Mary Shelley written book ‘Frankenstein’ in perspective. The book was first published in 1818, by Bantam Dell; A division of Random House, Inc. in New York City, New York. In the summer – just before beginning work on Frankenstein – Shelley helped Byron by making a fair copy of Canto III of his poem Childe Harold, which contained references to Prometheus. Her husband – Percy Shelley – was working on his lyrical drama Prometheus Unbound (1820) in Italy during the years 1818 and 1819,
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