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Was Frankenstien modern day Prometheus?

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Frankenstein Frankenstein is one of the world's most famous novels, about a man with a dream, and how his dream became a nightmare with desperately tragic results. Frankenstein had a disturbing idea of creating life and imitating God, only for it come back and avenge him. The idea of creating life was believed unimaginable and the monster was completely rejected in society, when to Frankenstein, he was a revolutionary idea which could change the way we live today. Mary Shelley lived in a time where the Romanticists were at their strongest, this group of people went their own way and led their own lives away from the constraints of society, they were the rebels. Frankenstein was just as rebellious and that could be the reason for writing a novel with new ideas and how the society crushed them. Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's eyes was a "modern day Prometheus", because he stole fire from the ancient Greek Gods and gave it to Man. He has a gift that only the Gods should have and was punished for this eternally. ...read more.


Normally in gothic settings the colours used are dark like black, purple, red or grey. The setting includes shadows, moonlight or candlelight; silence with disturbing sounds like howling, screeching or screams as well as stormy and rainy weather; set around October to February and around midnight. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley describes her setting as "a dreary night in November", this fits into the seasonal and weather setting the romanticist chose as gothic. There is also pathetic fallacy used, "rain pattered dismally" reflecting Frankensteins dismal mood the night the monster was created. Frankenstein was in an unstable frame of mind in chapter five; therefore this is reflected in the time of night and lack of light. Mary Shelly wrote "already one in the morning" showing Frankensteins desperation and exhaustion from his obsessive project that kept him awake in the early hours of the morning. Frankensteins Monster was not born evil. He was unloved and rejected, firstly by Frankenstein, then by the townsfolk of Inglostadt and the final straw was the De'laney family, who after naming the monster the unknown "good spirit of the forest", had abused him and thrown him out of their home. ...read more.


Shelley wrote "it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived." Mary Shelly writes about Dante because she knows how deep he has looked into hell and the evils he has created. If he hadn't even though of creating life, Frankenstein must have committed an unimaginable crime. Frankensteins dream was incredibly peculiar, with the love of his life turning into his dead, decaying mother, falling limp in his arms. "As I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death." Frankenstein made a big mistake by neglecting and abandoning his creation and the dream vaguely shows the consequence of his actions. Many people today believe Science has gone too far: Abortions, designer babies, stem cell research, cloning, but most of these experiments are proven to help the life of other human beings. Frankenstein had the same agenda, if Mary Shelley wrote this in this decade, it would be seen as less as a horror story because it could easily happen with the Science and Technology today. Therefore the message of Frankenstein keeps any attempts of creating life completely at bay, for the time being. ...read more.

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