The Myth Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

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In an ancient Greek mythology, mankind obtains fire through a Greek Titan, named Prometheus. The story begins with Zeus, the leader of the Olympus, sending Prometheus to the mortal world to create mankind with clay and water. While Prometheus working on his own creation, he grew love towards mankind, and sympathized with how little power Zeus wanted mankind to have. Therefore, Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind. After Zeus acknowledged the theft of fire, he was enraged by the action of Prometheus. Afterwards, Zeus punished his action by chaining him to a rock at Caucasus, where his liver being eaten by an eagle during the day and only recovers at night for eternity (Wikipedia). This myth shared very similar component and structure with Shelley’s Gothic fiction, Frankenstein. Shelley’s Frankenstein was deeply influenced by the Prometheus myth ranging from the history of the title, the action of the main character, and the consequences of performing the action. When the book was first published, Mary Shelley gave a hint of the Prometheus origin in the name of the book. Her original title in 1818 for this book was called “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” After the overwhelming success of Frankenstein in 1818, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley’s husband, published Prometheus Unbound: A Lyrical Drama. Later, around 1823, The book was reprinted, and Mary Shelley gave the book its final name, Frankenstein. From the original book title “Frankenstein; or, The

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