The Myth Of Prometheus By Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein Essay

1180 Words Nov 13th, 2015 5 Pages
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus compares ancient mythological tale with modern metaphors that describe mankind and its relation to a greater power, while also providing insight into life itself. Shelley’s novel, although published in 1823, is able to relate to modern society closely due to modern advances in processes such as cloning and stem cell application. The ancient Greek titan Prometheus is referenced in the subtitle, directly relating Shelley’s continuous theme in the novel to the traditional tales of Prometheus. Both of these stories deal with the initial creation of mankind in a way that explains the almost foreign nature of mankind’s intelligence. They also deal with many issues that, although were considered science fiction in the past, have become a reality, forcing a more realistic approach to their interpretation. The parallels between the ancient myths of Prometheus in Hesiod’s Theogony and the monster in Shelley’s Frankenstein allow for thorough comparison of the two, as well as the comparison of their message and intentions for their corresponding societies by the use of philosophical allegory. Through this relation, Frankenstein provides many insights into modern day society, conquering issues such as rebellion, judgment, cloning, objectivity, biomedical experimentation, and treatment of life. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, Prometheus is the son of Iapetos and Klymene, and is said to have “matched wits with mighty Kronion” (Theogony,…

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