Prometheus And Frankenstein Comparison Essay

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Throughout Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a great comparison is shown between Victor Frankenstein, the main character, and Prometheus, one of Greek mythology’s greatest Gods. Shelley borrows from the tale of Prometheus a consequence resulting from searching for a great source of enlightenment and power. In creating a being and giving it life, Frankenstein seems to take on the remarkable role of God which leads him to thinking that a power that is so heavenly cannot be played with by mankind. During his quest to expand his creative knowledge, abilities, drive, and ambition to know the origin of life, he puts himself in conflict. Frankenstein gambled his way into the godly realm without realizing he committed a sin by creating the monster, and…show more content…
Frankenstein created the life of a being, causing him to cross into a realm made exclusively for God himself, and Prometheus, disobeyed the Gods’ order and gives humans fire as a tool. When comparing the use of fire between the two tales, it is easily shown that fire portrays the spirit of life, a spark that ignites life in Frankenstein's creature. For Prometheus, fire allows mankind to advance and grow into a united, educated society of…show more content…
There are many similarities between Frankenstein and Prometheus. Both of them were beings who created life that violated the principles of natural birth and were severely punished for their actions. Although both were seen as criminals by authority, Frankenstein was seen to be as a bad creator while Prometheus was seen to be good. Shelley was able to portray the image of Frankenstein being just like Prometheus, but in her own interpretation that clearly separates the fate of the two
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