The Myth Of Prometheus And Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

1273 Words May 5th, 2016 6 Pages
Many similarities and allusions lie within the unfolding plots of stories to instill reference or provide relevant context to subjects within the story itself. One of the most notable references in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the parallel it establishes between itself and the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus. In this gothic novel, a titan named Prometheus, a notable trickster amongst his fellow celestial beings, bestowed the gift of fire and metalworking to the race of men of the earth; in response to his actions, Zeus, the most powerful of the gods, brought punishment down on Prometheus in the form of lifelong torment. In almost every way, Shelley modeled the plot of Frankenstein such that the exact same myth is retold in a different form, with different roles being played; but what relates these stories to each other the most is the kind of actions taken by the protagonists and the suffering that followed, for both the benefactors and receivers of the gifts. Within both stories, Prometheus and Frankenstein served as those benefactors, suffering from the resulting consequences alike; and with the chain of events that took place to bring about this suffering, one can see it also as a biblical allusion to the fall of man. To begin, the most notable relationship between the roles of Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus is the fact that they both play the role of god and make a decision no one else would have done. In the myth, Prometheus made the decision to bestow…

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