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).
James Whaley is an English born director whom participated in several films for Universal studios where he eventually took up the task of directing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein novel following the popular release of Dracula that same year. The success of Frankenstein was rooted in it’s genre being a horror film and the immediate success it brought to movie producers. The interpretation by Whaley is highlighted by several plot transitions which are not shown in the movie as well as certain alterations like Henry Frankenstein (Victor in the book) using a criminal brain rather than any other brain collected as implied by Shelley. Other major differences in the plot of the movie compared to the novel involves the monster Frankenstein himself and everything about the character. In the movie Frankenstein is portrayed as an impulsive monster only capable of fulfilling his most physical and animal like actions.
Victor did not even give him a name, which is the most fundamental aspect of humans identity. Without a name or a identity, the monster was left to find his identity on his own. A this time in the story the monster represent a teenager, struggling to find its identity and decide if the version it sees of itself is the version it
Like Prometheus, Frankenstein builds his own own original creature. Though Prometheus makes many humans and Victor only makes one, their similar acts of inventing life provide an obvious connection between the two. In an article from BritLit by Samantha Elmendorf, she states the origin of Shelley’s titling, “The subtitle functions as an appositive to the primary title; Shelley likens Frankenstein to the classical father of mankind. The most obvious correlation is that both figures forms a living being out of lifeless material.” This describes part of the reasoning behind the title, as Shelley sees her character bringing a being to life just as Prometheus
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.
Focusing on Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created, one can better understand their personalities by examining the three parts of their subconscious; and determining parallels between the two characters. Victor Frankenstein’s id is shown primarily at the beginning of the novel; he creates the monster because he wants to and he doesn’t consider the repercussions that would follow. The id is known as the “inner child,” there is no sense of consciousness when you’re satisfying the id. One whose id is superior simply does what they want to do. Furthermore, early in the novel,
The Duplicity in Frankenstein Rationalism and Irrationalism 1. Rationalism-- Frankenstein as Science Fiction The 17th and 18th century witnessed the rapid development in science and technology, raising the problems between man and nature, and the conflicts between reason and emotions. Frankenstein was the reflection of these features. Authorities generally hold the view that Frankenstein is the first science fiction in modern sense. It talked about how science influences the human society and dealt with the conflicts between man and its creation.
In this paper, I will demonstrate how these symptoms apply to the depiction of Frankenstein and his creature. I will argue that in Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein is portrayed as a pathological narcissist and
2.1 The Manifestation of Characters The protagonists in Frankenstein are Frankenstein and the monster. Frankenstein is an aggressive man in obtaining the knowledge. Especially after his mother died, which can be a huge shock on him
Frankenstein is a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a monster that eventually destroys him. Shelley uses characterization to show that the ways humans use technology can make people monstrous. Frankenstein was a outstanding student of “natural philosophy” or science. He especially excelled at chemistry. A exceptional student realized what he could achieve with his knowledge and goes on creating new life.