Allusions In Frankenstein Research Paper

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The novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is elevated in the area of rich text by its use of allusions, specifically to Paradise Lost. The most predominate is the story in Paradise Lost the original creation story that takes place in Genesis of the Bible. In the Romantic era, biblical and religious references were commonly used in literary work. It is common in the Romantic-Gothic genre.

Mary Shelley uses these biblical allusions because she wants to show the principles of what it is to be human, and they are relevant to how she wants the audience to perceive God and the creation of life, which might feed into her stance on people “playing God” which she shows in the book, that she does not believe it is a wise decision to mess with the natural order. Frankenstein, being about a enhanced creation gone rouge, heavily relates to the story of the creation of Lucifer. Among God’s angels was the angel Lucifer, who after being scorned by his …show more content…

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that he is exposed to causes him to turn his back on Victor, his maker. He then lets out built up anger and heartbreak on others through revenge. The creature displays himself as a part of a tragic story, similar to Satans, this is shown when the creature claims that he considered Satan “as the fitter emblem of my condition, for like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protectors, the bitter gall of envy rose within me.”

In this parallel Lucifer felt abandoned and lonely after Gods secondary creation was birthed and man took up all of his father's time. This causes Lucifer to enact revenge and despise the human race that stole the limelight from him. Both antagonists

felt betrayed and cast aside from their fathers. Had these father figures acted differently or made wiser choices, perhaps these monsters may have never been made. But the lust for knowledge was too much to

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