Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Tradition Of Realism

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has a subtitle entitled “The Modern Prometheus” referring to the Greek Titan, foreshadows the similarities between this Titan God of Forethought and Victor Frankenstein God of The Monster. The story initiates the ideals of the creation of human kind. The concept also relates to the quote from Paradise Lost a few lines below the subtitle, “Did I request thee, Maker from my clay/ To mould me man? Did I [solicit] thee/ From darkness to promote me? — (4)”. The biblical suggestion goes on as the original creation of the human race, is like Victor, the original creator of the Monster. Shelley points out the deviation subtly, yet often enough that her audience can interpret. In George Levine critical analysis, “Frankenstein and the Tradition of Realism,” he recognizes Shelley’s prose as he writes, “Every story seems a variation on every other (313)”. The essence of Levine’s argument is clear that these kinds of redoubling are characteristic of the whole novel. In Greek mythology, Prometheus created humankind out of mud and water and then stole fire from the gods to give his creation. Gifting these elements or in some stories cursing these elements to the humans resulted in the Titans tormenting fate. Zeus, as punishment, chained to a rock while an eagle came every day to peck out his liver. Just like the Titan, Victor takes fire from the sky that not only brings disaster to himself but everybody else. Victor was chasing knowledge at the cost of everything else. The monster references the only book he has read Paradise Lost, “Like Adam, I was apparently united by no link to any other being in existence; but his state was far different from mine in every other respect. He had come forth from the hands of God ... ... middle of paper ... ... heart after hearing tragic news about a loved one. The creation desires and ambitions is associated and clouded with death and birth between different characters. The critical reading refers to Frankenstein as claustrophobic for the reason that it gives a scene from the perspective of a single mind. Yet it is considered imaginative as it is the creativity that makes it alive. Referring to the novel Volume III, Chapter VII The Monster says, “When I call over the frightful catalogue of my deeds, I cannot believe that I am he whose thoughts were once filled with sublime and transcendent of the beauty and majesty of goodness…you who call Frankenstein your friend seems to have a knowledge of my crimes and his misfortunes (160).” Victor 's mother 's death is the drive for his creating the monster. Walton 's need for a friend mirrors the need the monster has for a mate.

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