Topics: Frankenstein, Prometheus, Mary Shelley Pages: 2 (680 words) Published: January 15, 2013
Don't challenge God’s almighty power. Live your life and obey God. Victor Frankenstein challenges God’s power. He creates a living creature, a true monster. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein becomes a modern Prometheus by creating his monster. If you compare Victor Frankenstein to Prometheus, you will see that there are some common elements between him and the Titan. Like him Frankenstein goes too far and does not accept his own limits. Frankenstein has a little bit of the “creative fire of heaven” and learns to give life to a selfmade body. He tries to be something like God, like a big creator and creates his own man. His dream is to shape a whole species which would bless him, a species of wonderful and happy natures. “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me.” (Shelley 38) But with the fulfillment of his dream Victor Frankenstein breaks through the limits of society and falls in deep isolation. As Prometheus, who was, after being tied up to his rock, alone with the sea and the weather, Frankenstein feels left out by society. Even if he makes this isolation himself, nobody knows anything about his creation, he cannot run away from it. From this point of view Frankenstein has a lot in common with the classic Prometheus, the dream and the creation of a new species, and the disregard of limits. But on the other hand Frankenstein is quite different from Prometheus. When the Titan recognizes that his human beings do not know how to use their capabilities, for example they do not see anything although they are able to see and they do not hear anything although they are able to hear, he takes care of his creatures, he teaches them to observe the stars, to read and write and to heal. And when Zeus refuses to give them fire, Prometheus exposes himself to danger to bring them fire. Victor Frankenstein on the other hand refuses his responsibility and flees from his creature after...
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