Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - The Modern Prometheus

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a Gothic novel which revolves around the concept of men overtaking the role of God by attempting to create life, which is successfully depicted through the character of Victor Frankenstein who creates and brings life to the “monster”, unaware of its consequences and responsibility. Similarly, the mythological story of “Prometheus” revolves around the young Titan who in attempts to help mankind, wages war with Jupiter by providing men with fire and how to utilize it. Both of these stories are often compared due to their parallels of mankind attempting to employ the role of God while being incapable to live up its standards, thus, Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein being subtitled The Modern Prometheus. However, it is contentious whether Mary Shelley employs that subtitle to implicate that modern science brings life (or life-assisting fire to the human race or whether it serves as an ironic title. Despite of the apparent similarities, Frankenstein being subtitled The Modern Prometheus is quite ironic as in both stories, the protagonists’ believe to be doing a noble thing, yet, their actions result in poor consequences. In James Baldwin’s version of “The Story of Prometheus”, which is used as a reference for this essay, the protagonist is “Prometheus, or Forethought; for he was always thinking of the future and making things ready for what might happen to-morrow, or next week, or next year, or it may be in a hundred years to come”. In the
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