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.
The gigantic body and the ugly countenance, these hideous features of the creature who is assembled with the materials that Frankenstein had selected as beautiful, imply an alienated and transformative state of human beings. Marx’s theory of alienation works best here, as what is created by Frankenstein becomes what he is alienated from and largely controlled by. Again, the metaphor ‘slave’ appears in the confrontation between Frankenstein and the creature. When Frankenstein agrees to make a female creature for the creature, he feels the submission in his relationship with the creature and admits that he is the slave of the creature, saying “but through the whole period during which I was the slave of my creature I allowed myself to be governed by the impulses of the moment” (139). The creature is even more conscious of his superior power over Frankenstein, and calls himself ‘the master’ when Frankenstein breaks his promise, “Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension.
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.
He would have to choose between the good and evil. The relationship between Heart of Darkness and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde can also represent the need for power. The reader can see this from Mr. Hyde who represents the evil identity which is different from Dr. Jekyll who has the more respected identity. Mr. Hyde becomes stronger and stronger as time goes by and eventually takes power over Dr. Jekyll. The struggle between good and evil here started by a potion that Dr. Jekyll concocted.
The respectable Dr. Jekyll, in his attempt to prove the worth of his scientific ambitions and studies, creates a monster much like Frankenstein’s monster but at the same time completely different from it. In both the cases, it is a scientific experiment gone wrong but in Stevenson’s text, the horror lies in the transformation of the protagonist. Set in fog-bound London, this Gothic masterpiece explores the baser instincts in a human being that necessarily hastens the doom of the same.
How would one act if they discovered a potion that could change their whole life instantaneously? The short story The Chaser discusses the effects of what just a few drops of a love potion could do to someone’s life and how it will be changed forever. The idea of having everlasting love is an interesting and scary topic but this potion is something that is even scarier and could ruin one’s life completely. The short story, The Chaser, deals with situational irony as it shown throughout the story that the main character, Alan, is oblivious to the reality of what a love potion will really do. This short story is about a man named Alan who believes that love is all he needs to be happy in life; so he goes to a man known of selling love potions which make one fall in love with someone forever no matter what happens.
Mr. Hyde and Dr Jekyll majorly relates on the tale adapted from Robert Stevenson’s novella about a man who develops and takes a specific type of drug, which releases his evil side and turns him from a mild-mannered science man into a murderous maniac. As the plot goes on, his appearance changes along with the behavior. This paper analyzes this characters using Jeffrey Jerome’s concept as outlined in the “monster culture”. Discussion From this novel, it is apparent that Stevenson has demonstrated, through his characters, the concept of “Monster Culture” outlined by Cohen. For instance, Dr Jekyll a principle character in this novel is a man with two distinct personalities, one consisting of evil and the other consisting of good.
Jack is bent on power from the beginning whereas, Macbeth is manipulated by three witches and his wife to take power. Power affects these two men in different ways, Jack starts to become his true self whereas Macbeth starts to hallucinate and go insane. This relates to the point of view of the authors: William Golding believes people are inherently evil whereas William Shakespeare believes people are inherently good. The question is, who is more evil Jack or Macbeth? Both Jack and Macbeth are ambitious and hungry for power.
GOTHIC ELEMENTS IN THE BOOK The strange case of Dr.Jakyll and Mr.Hyde is a famous novel by a well-known Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson which was first published in 1886. It is likewise known as jakyll and hyde, the tale of a health practitioner who attempts a test with the intention of finding out his evil nature. But he becomes fascinated by the evil facet of his nature. He will reach a factor in which he'll not be capable of controlling Mr Hyde, the person he has created. The latter will start to appear suddenly and started ruling Dr.Jakyll's life.
1. The creature Victor Frankenstein creates is a feat of scientific discovery and a product of scientific knowledge. Although this creature was “created” by Victor, he is independent of his creator and portrays all the characteristics of a human being. His human behaviors departs him of the title of a monster and makes him the novel’s most sympathetic and tragic character. Before Victor meets the creature, the reader is led to view the creature with hostility because of his murder of William.