Analysis Of ' The Road Of Hell ' And ' Prometheus ' Essay

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Saint Bernard of Clairvaux wrote in 1150 that: "L 'enfer est plein de bonnes volontés et désirs" – or in English: The road to hell is paved with good intentions (Ammer 588). Perhaps no two protagonists, in all the epochs, would be as effortlessly suited for the surplus role of a paradigmatic Robin Hood character, as the ensuing underdogs. The benevolent, Hubris-filled luminaries of Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus have, too, been answerable for stealing for the people – but not from the people; no, they, furthermore like Robin Hood, choose to purloin from the invulnerable Higher-Ups. But the duo’s charm does not stop there: in contemporary times, still, Prometheus has maintained as a symbol for progress in science and technology; with evident examples boasting his name on an element of the periodic table, and his rendering within a statue beside the General Electric building in Rockefeller Center, New York. The adjective promethean derives from Prometheus; and accordingly implies “courageous,” “creative,” “original,” and “life-sustaining” (Morford 801). Might these aforesaid adjectives likewise be employed to style our misapprehended Victor?

The subtitle of Shelly’s work helps to enhance the reader’s estimation of the text; as they are then able to readily correlate what is happening to Victor at any given juncture, via Prometheus. Gothic, Romantic, and Tragic, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein affords the reader a more modern twist on the age old lessons which Hesiod,…

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