10. The biblical allusion would be how Victor is like God because he is the one creating life. The monster would be like Adam because Adam was a creation of God. Adam then committed a sin by disobeying God, and the monster ended up killing Victor 's friends and family, which would make them both evil. Shelley could be mocking the concept of a god, and Christianity itself.
“It was a pleasure to burn. It was a special pleasure to see things blackened and changed,” (Bradbury 1). Montag not only agreed with his society, but worked alongside it to get rid of books. (STEWE-2) Montag’s way of thinking was simple he “He wanted above all, like the old joke, to shove a marshmallow on a stick in the furnace, while the flapping pigeon winged books died on the porch and lawn of the house,”
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein depicts the remarkable resemblance to the “modern” myth of Prometheus. The intertextuality used to connect these two stories, allow Shelley to bring out the most prominent themes of Power and suffering. As both of the characters deal differently with the struggle to resist the power that comes with creating life, the inevitable end for both characters are the same; they fall at the hands of their own creations. Shelley carefully utilizes the legend of Prometheus to express the connection between punishment and creation. In the myth of Prometheus, he creates man and steals the gift of fire to give to humanity.
He also views Victor Frankenstein as the modern Prometheus that is stated in the title of the book. He argues Victor rebels against the divinely arranged order, steals spark from heaven, as illustrated in the book and creates a creature in his image (Cantor para. 3). However, just like Prometheus, he ends up bringing destruction and disaster upon the very people he was trying to help. The monster created by Victor plays a good role of the Prometheus in Shelly’s story (Shelley 104).
Science-fiction stories captivate human minds because they explore the dangers of the unknown, yet modern society discounts the ominous themes of science-fiction stories in favor of curiosity. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, which developed the science-fiction genre, conveys its message by telling the somber story of Victor Frankenstein and his monster. Victor abandons his creation when he sees the monster’s disfigured physical appearance. The monster learns to understand his need for compassion and creates hell on earth for Victor and his loved ones because of his rejection from society, afterwords justifying his actions as a result of his misery. The warning that attempting to change the forces of nature will ultimately result in universal unhappiness from multiple stories, including Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keys and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, is relevant today yet ignored specifically in CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing.
Frankenstein is an example of how a technological advancement has made society, both better off and worst off. Frankenstein created a monster that was intended to improve the life if humanity. Frankenstein wanted to improve how long a person could be alive for. He created a monster, with feelings and emotions, who ends up killing humans he encounters. Victor Frankenstein never intended to create a killer monster.
Mary Shelley takes this idea and displays how the pursuit and use of knowledge can lead to unintended consequences. The story shows the outcomes of the decision to create something without thinking of the consequences of a persons actions. As a boy, Victor Frankenstein was very intelligent. Knowledge was something he acquired at a fast pace. So the next couple of ears he threw himself at his schoolwork.
However, there seems to be a growing awareness of that mistake, as it is, rather comically, usually immediately corrected by a listener or even a passer-by. This may seem like a hopeful transition towards a greater general and public understanding of Mary Shelley’s novel. Yet, there are still misconceptions and common mistakes revolving around Shelley’s most famous novel. For instance, Daniel Cabrera uses Frankenstein’s creature and Rabbi Loew’s Prague Golem as an analogy to modern technology. He does not confuse Frankenstein and his creature, but he describes the creature as a “nameless monster made by a Dr. Victor von Frankenstein out of electricity and body parts.” (Cabrera 107).
However, the Romantics saw a hero in Prometheus. A figure who does not give up, and helps mankind, even with the knowledge of having to face consequences. The relationship between the myth and Frankenstein however, is ambivalent. Certainly, just like the myth it can be read as a tale of caution, like Mary Shelley already said in her ‘waking dream’ Frankenstein’s creation would be horrifying because “supremely frightful would be the effect of any human endeavor to mock the stupendous mechanism of the Creator of the world.” As far as Victor Frankenstein is regarded, he certainly is punished for his actions, he witnesses the murder of his family and friends, which shortly after is followed by his own tragic death. The mentioned ambivalent relation, is for example put into play when Frankenstein is read as celebration of ambition and
In his attempt to reach a God-like level, he acts basically for his own interest and wants to see his name glorified by humanity. Power and Glory—two of much-discussed human ambitions—are his primary aims. To achieve this goal, he makes an extensive use of knowledge and science. The whole scientific knowledge he acquires through his research and his experiments will lead him to desolation, loneliness and will result in a complete failure. As the subtitle of the novel is The Modern Prometheus , as Prometheus stole fire from the Gods to give it to humanity; he was cursed by Zeus and made to endure an eternal torture.