The Fire Of Paradise Lost By John Milton And Frankenstein Essay

1589 Words Oct 19th, 2015 7 Pages
Fire is arguably the greatest knowledge that mankind ever received, and with time, sparked all further technical developments, allowing for man to transcend mere animals. The story of Prometheus, tells of how the titan Prometheus gifts fire to man, and all of the beneficial consequences that subsequently arose from this knowledge. Frankenstein draws from Prometheus to develop the topic of god-like knowledge, and even originally titling itself as The Modern Prometheus. On the other hand, Milton designs fire in Paradise Lost as the incarnation of wrath and pain. However, even though the fire of Frankenstein remains heavily symbolic, Promethean in nature and seemingly unlike the fire of Paradise Lost, it possesses similarities that lack negligibility. Through the similarities of the seemingly different fires of Paradise Lost by John Milton and Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, it reveals that wrath in its many varying forms controls and regulates knowledge as well as one’s ability to further it.

To be begin with, through the similarities and variations in the description and results of the lightning, which leads to fire, an inference can be made that the two lightnings, as well as knowledge and wrath, share a definite relationship. In Frankenstein, Victor tells a story of intrigue with the physical sciences when he “beheld a stream of fire issue from an old and beautiful oak which stood about twenty yards from our house; and so soon as the dazzling light vanished” (Shelley 42).…

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