How Is Frankenstein Related To The Modern Prometheus

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In the 1817 novel Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley, there are certain predictions that can be deducted after reading the first four chapters. Based on historical context and parallels that have already been established with the story of Prometheus the Greek God, certain factual insights can aid in the establishment of very reasonable and concrete predictions. It is through these insights that one may deduce the likelihood of another season of illness for Frankenstein that may potentially continue to reoccur.
In the story of Prometheus, Prometheus finds himself in trouble with Zeus after stealing fire from him and giving it to the humans. In simpler terms, Prometheus took something from the Gods and it now found itself in human hands. At this point the novel, Frankenstein already shares a similarity with the ancient story from greek mythology. In Chapter 3, page 35, Frankenstein states “I possessed the capacity of bestowing animation,” something that had previously been left only to a higher power. Thus, Frankenstein himself has taken something divine and bestowed upon himself the ability to do something no other human can. …show more content…

Now, because he was a God himself, Prometheus’ liver would grow back ,thus, causing the punishment to reoccur daily. To relate that back to the novel, Frankenstein, after Frankenstein created the monster, he went a little crazy “this was the commencement of a nervous fever which confined me (Frankenstein) for months,” (Shelley 50). To draw a reasonable prediction, the parellel would simply continue, thus it is deduced that Frankenstein may recover from his illness but that it will continue to haunt trouble him in the future and perhaps be a reoccuring illness. Historical context also back up this

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