Prometheus vs Frnkenstein

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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is subtitled "The Modern Prometheus", and rightfully so. Prometheus, the Titan of Greek mythology that created man and gave them fire, is a fitting symbol for Victor Frankenstein, the man who created a "monster" and gave him life. The most obvious aspect of the similarity between Frankenstein and the Prometheus myth is the underlying theme - both stories deal with ill-fated actions with tragic consequences. The classic Prometheus stories, as told by Aeschylus, Percy Bysshe Shelley and summarized by Edith Hamilton, contain symbolic and thematic elements that closely parallel Mary Shelley's "modern Prometheus."

Prometheus' creation of man parallels Frankenstein's own creation. Prometheus, whose name means forethought, was very wise, wiser even than the gods...Epimetheus[Prometheus' brother] gave all the best gifts to the animals-until no good was left for man. Prometheus, then, took over the task of creation and thought out a way to make mankind superior. He fashioned them in a nobler sha... The first is that Prometheus can be seen as the creator of man. He was given this as a reward for his assistance to Zeus when he overthrew the other Titans. He also bestowed fire to mankind. He did this to show his devotion to mankind, his creation, and to allow humans to be "closer" to possessing the capacity of the gods. The dependence argument is a new twist for me, but I think it makes sense because any creator that cares for their created seeks to give it independence of thought and action. This is logical to me. Indeed, Zeus was angry when he was tricked by being given rotten meat as a sacrifice, and Prometheus did give advice to mankind as to how to trick Zeus. Finally, both Prometheus and Mankind are punished.

The connection between Prometheus and Victor as both creators has received a great deal of publicity on enotes. I would check out the answers featured. You are going to see some divergence of opinion. It is difficult to...
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