Prometheus and Frankenstein

Ashley Baggs
English 102
Ms. Yeats
29, March 2012

Prometheus and Frankenstein

Throughout the book of Frankenstein, Victor is compared to Prometheus, a Greek mythology titan who stole something from Zeus. Both of these characters have a very similar story but some parts differ in great range. In this essay I will be going over the similarities and differences between Prometheus' story and Victor's.
Prometheus was a Greek titan who stole fire from Zeus. Prometheus saw the newly created humans struggling with cold winters and uncooked food. He felt sorry for the poor helpless creations and decided to give them a helping hand. "If they only had fire," said Prometheus to himself, ...

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let an eagle eat out Prometheus' liver every day until he learned his lesson. In putting him in plain sight it not only taught the humans not to act out against Zeus, but also advised the titans not to do so as well.
While Prometheus stole fire from Zeus, Victor stole knowledge from god. Victor studied the ways of the human body to the point where he thought he could reanimate one. He succeeded. In a way he has stolen the knowledge of life and death from God did not ask permission.
"One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted my attention was the structure of the human frame, and, indeed, any animal endued with life. Whence, I often asked myself, did the principle of life proceed? It was a bold question, and one which has ever been considered as a mystery; yet with how many things are we upon the brink of becoming acquainted, if cowardice or carelessness did not restrain our inquiries" (Victor, Chapter 4) Victor is an incredibly smart scientist who happened to stumble ...

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