Compare Paradise Lost And Frankenstein

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Free will is an inherited ability everyone obtains from birth. This ability allows humans or any living being the freedom to act on their own behalf without being influenced or forced by an external medium. However, this fragile, yet powerful capability is susceptible of being misused that may result in unsavory consequences to the one at fault. In Paradise Lost and Frankenstein, both texts feature powerful figures who bequeathed the characters in focus, the freedom to do whatever they desire in their lives. Satan and Adam and Eve from Paradise Lost, and the monster from Frankenstein are given their free will from their creators, all encounter unique scenarios and obstacles in their respective texts however, have distinctions in how they handle…show more content…
In Paradise Lost, one of the differences God is aware of the betrayal his creations unlike Frankenstein. There is a point where Adam desires a companion to share the world with, thus God creates Eve from one of Adam’s ribs. He is in a predicament now, due to there are now two beings to love now, but who deserves the more affection. He “can neither love himself adequately nor love Eve as himself unless have love God adequately – and so make his love for Eve, the unity of their shared self, an expression of that higher love” (Gross 95). This scene displays one of Adam’s limitations of his free will. Thus creating her in being the submissive which eventually became her downfall, Adam’s and the rest of humanity. Eve is flawed, she has the inclination of self-love, a quality she should not be capable of possessing or acting upon. The only love that she should be expressing is her love for Adam in a way also loving God. This becomes their weakness. Satan learns about this weakness and exploits it as his advantage to enact his scheme. He influences a susceptible Eve, by coercing her into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge. He claims to Eve about the fruit “By the fruit? It gives you life To knowledge by the threat’ner? Look on me, Me, who have touched and tasted; yet both live” (Book 9 l. 686-688). Satan is able to persuade them to consume the fruit that provides them…show more content…
The characters all in some way made a mistake and learn from them. They were all able to make these mistakes because of free will. The texts demonstrate how powerful free will is and how the characters have a difficult time trying to live with the freedom. The constant battle between being good and evil. For every action that occurs, there is always a consequence of it that the characters learn from. When Adam and Eve consume the fruit from the tree of Knowledge, their punishment is being exiled from Paradise. Humanity now must prove their worthiness to be welcome to Paradise when they die. They have no choice, except to use their free will to perform righteous deeds to others and not commit any evil actions to please God. The monster strongly believes that his purpose in life is to ruin Frankenstein’s life by killing the ones close to him just for him to feel the loneliness and helplessness the monster has live through. However, Frankenstein eventually dies, and the monster is satisfied with the news, yet has no other reason for living and decides to end his
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