Comparing the Greek Story of Prometheus with Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Stories have been told to all who will listen for thousands of years and they are passed down from one generation to the next effecting each in a different way. The ancient greeks used this technique and believed the story of a god named Prometheus and that he stole fire from the gods in Olympus and gave it to man. As a punishment for this action, Zeus causes him to be chained to a mountainside where he must suffer an eagle to eat out his heart, in some versions it is his liver, the organ will then regrow over night only to be eaten out again the next day. Prometheus never submits to the will of Zeus and instead screams profanities at him throughout his punishment never regretting the action he took that lead to such a terrible result. …show more content…
Several aspects of the tale contribute to this line of thought namely he seeking to understand life, his creation of the monster, and his reaction to his own creation. Each of these form to opinion that Victor Frankenstein is not a hero but a fallen and depressed human figure. Beginning with Victor Frankenstein’s longing to understand life and from where it originates he is already introduced as a somewhat self important character. Frankenstein, after his mother’s death leaves to better his education where he studies chemistry and eventually believing himself to understand more then his teachers and as such becomes bored with what they teach and takes up the concept of the possibility of creating life and understanding from were life generates not only in human beings but life of all creatures in general. He becomes fascinated and obsessed with studying the human body and beings to exhume corpses from the grave to better learn for the process of human decay and anatomy. “To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death. I became acquainted with the science of anatomy: but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.”(Frankenstein Chapter 4) As Frankenstein

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