The Modern Prometheus In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The Modern Prometheus Encompassing the whole of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, is a creature-creator relationship that is constantly evolving and shifting throughout the entire story. The entire novel is the story of origination and originator, as the entire work focuses on the relationship of creators and creations. In relation, the alternate name of Frankenstein is The Modern Prometheus, a myth of creation and punishment that can be seen throughout the entire work. Likewise the creation story of God and man, or the paternal relationship of father and son, even the antagonist and protagonist relationships define and premiere in Mary Shelley’s novel. Victor Frankenstein is a father of a new race, a Lord and king, and the author of his ruin--all …show more content…
Thus Frankenstein redefines the relationship of creator and creation in his own mind. Once he has made his creation as the scientist, he becomes a creator and is no longer a creature in his own mind as he associates it with his monster. The creature however, refers to other humans and himself as creatures calling Frankenstein only by creator. The creature then proclaiming humans as evil distinguishes himself as The creature and refers to man as mankind. In this way both the creature and Frankenstein distinguish themselves from what would be typical and natural human or human kind. In addition, the creature, after reading an assortment of books learns of the relationship between God and man and uses this newfound knowledge of the creature-creator dynamics to call Frankenstein out on his superficial and shallow cause for abandoning his creature which he so painstakingly made. “Yet you, my creator detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties…”(104), the creature at this point has learned that all of humanity rejects him based on his looks and that, “You my creator abhor me; what hope can gather from your fellow creatures who owe me nothing”(105). The monster is well aware that what he and Frankenstein have …show more content…
Frankenstein is constantly represented as God and the creature calls himself Adam while he is represented as Adam and Lucifer. Frankenstein is God purely in the creation and punishment sense, he created the creature that is Adam and he punished the creature that is lucifer. Adam is an obvious comparison with the creature due to him being the first of his kind, being alone in world full of other strange creatures and desiring a mate to be his companion. However, in a sense the creature is more like Lucifer and more frequently associates himself with Lucifer in all cases except for when speaking of his loneliness. “I ought to be thy Adam, but rather I am the fallen angel whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed”(105). The creature sees the obvious associations between him and lucifer. Lucifer is a son of light unjustly cast out from an offended heaven, as is the creature. The creature is unjustly cast out because of his offending appearance, offending ‘God’ or Frankenstein. It is also noted that the creature was originally benevolent and loving, and did not desire evil, misery and the knowledge of his situation made him a fiend(105). This is extremely close to the statement of Harold Bloom in the afterword of Frankenstein, “...Satans despair is absolute because Satan, as pure spirit, is pure consciousness and for Satan every increase in

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