In Mary Shelly’s novel, Victor Frankenstein has a few unique traits that allow him to be comparable with the God’s figure in Milton’s Paradise Lost. The main connection between Victor and God is that both beings wanted to create a “first” man. God was the creator of Adam and later, Eve, just as Victor was the maker of his man, or monster. The two characters also reject the product of their “experiments”. God banishes Adam from the Garden of Eden for disobeying him and eating the forbidden fruit from...
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...eness. By changing the setting, Shelley is able to parallel Milton’s Paradise Lost,” along with the comparability of God, Adam and Satan with that of Victor and his creature. Victor’s quest for knowledge and morality led him in to become a God-like figure that was able to grant the gift of life. The creature’s immense desire for recognition from his creator and other intelligent beings led it into exile as it was never able to obtain the recognition of his creator, similar to the downfall and expulsion of Satan from God’s paradise. The creature’s desire for companionship, rejection from his “father,” as well as being created in the image of his creator links the creature to Adam. Although there are differences between Shelley’s Frankenstein and Milton’s Paradise Lost, the symbolic connection between Victor and God and the creature with both Adam and Satan are clear.
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