The Role Of God In Frankenstein

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The novel Frankenstein was written during the youth of Mary Shelley, a progressive woman who unlike many of her time, was educated and a personal sense of freedom. Her ability to make her own choices and her close experiences with death are reflected in this dark story of Victor Frankenstein and his horrific creation. Much of the conflicts between Victor and his creature are inspired by the complex relationship between God and his human creations from Paradise Lost. However, by making the creator of the being a mortal, Mary Shelley challenges the reader to question what it is to be human and criticizes the role of god in the Romantic Era.
Although Victor’s invention in Shelley’s novel is science fiction, the narratives of the characters and their experiences are believed to be autobiographical. Specifically, the abandonment and continual rejection from his creator the Creation experienced is thought to mirror what occurred in Mary’s life. One of these autobiographical links is believed to be reflected in Shelley’s relationship with God. The relationship between Victor and his creation can be seen of one reflecting the one of God and his human creation. Like God, Victor is the creator of a live creature that is brought back from the dead, and can create a new species of living creatures. Accordingly, the Creature, as a representation of man, although born in innocence is shown misery and becomes bitter and evil. Just as how God rejects the initial establishment of humanity by
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