Victor Frankenstein vs Prometheus

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Victor Frankenstein vs. Prometheus Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is referred to as “the Modern Prometheus,” because of numerous parallels in the two tales. Victor Frankenstein manages to create a semblance of man and give it life. However, Victor Frankenstein is an obsessive character and becomes so absorbed in creating his monster that he does not give pause to consider foresight. The doctor plays god not in giving something material but by giving his being life. Prometheus, a Greek God who is known to be the fire-stealer and life-giver, also tried to play god by creating man and giving them fire against Zeus’s commands. Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus both stole to create their own being or race to worship them and were justly punished in the end for those endeavors at playing God and thievery. According to James Rieger and Harold Bloom, the crime of the “modern Prometheus” is partly the conventional overreacher’s wish to “explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” In the story Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates a creature to worship him as stated in the text, “A new species would bless me as its creator and source” (Shelley 32) and that he can control. Victor is trying to be a god which is why he is trying to create this new race. He states in the text, “I became myself capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter” (Shelley 30). Victor then goes on to say that “what had been the study and desire of the wisest men since the creation of the world was now within my grasp” (Shelley 31). Prometheus is known to have created man from clay. According to Susan Lederer and Richard Ratzan, in the Greek myth, Prometheus created humans out of mud and water (462). In this sense he was trying to play a higher god because Zeus was the leading god. Victor Frankenstein and Prometheus both stole different things to

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