The Modern Prometheus By Mary Shelley Essay

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Society tends to put men on a higher pedestal than women. This is because in the beginning, God created man, Adam, first. Society looks back on this and gets the idea that since man was created first, they are the greater of the genders. God created woman from man thus leading to the belief that women needed men in order to survive. Because men were aware of their so-called superiority over women, they let this power effect their understanding of their role in society. Mary Shelley wrote and released her first world famous novel, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, in 1818. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus consisted of mostly male characters, with little to no attention to female characters. This abundance of attention to male roles represented the dominance of males in society that tended to silence the importance of women. The subtitle of Mary Shelley’s novel, The Modern Prometheus, obviously alludes to the Greek Titan, Prometheus. Prometheus was given the task of creating mankind out of clay. Prometheus stole the creation of fire from the gods to give to mankind. This theft upset Zeus because he thought Prometheus was giving mankind too much power. In order to punish Prometheus, Zeus chained him to a rock so that Prometheus’ liver would be pecked out by a bird every day. Every night, Prometheus’ liver would grow back so that the suffering would never end. The main character of Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is Victor Frankenstein. Victor Frankenstein
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