Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus Essay

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At the first read The Modern Prometheus may appear a peculiar name for a book such as Frankenstein. This is because a scientist who brings life to a creature who becomes set to destroy him and a Greek Titan that gave mankind fire. One must delve a little deeper to reveal the truth behind the name and how Mary Shelley cleverly intertwined one of the most famous Greek myths with what was to become one of the most well known Gothic books of all time, Frankenstein: or The Modern Prometheus.Though both Frankenstein and Prometheus created a new species of creatures It is in the way the two acted towards their creation, and the choices that they made that led to the difference between life and death. First off, to understand the similarities in the two stories one must become accustomed with the myth of Prometheus. “The full title of Mary Shelley 's novel is Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The Prometheus referred to here is the Titan who stole fire from the gods and was punished for his presumption by Zeus” (Title Marcas). Prometheus first created man out of the clay from the river. He and his brother were given the job to give animals traits to help them survive such as the fish scales, the bears fur, the cats claws, and the birds feathers and wings, but when they came to man they had run out of things to give them. Instead of abandoning them he stole fire and was punished for his thievery by the vengeful Zeus
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