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During the Romantic movement of literature, there were few instances where great poets knew who each other was, better yet were good friends. In Mary Shelley’s case, this happened. She was married to Percy Shelley of Ode to the West Wind, who was best friends with Lord Byron of She Walks in Beauty. The three writers were quite good friends, often talking about their love of certain texts. Mary had not really written a great piece of work like the other two, but it didn’t take her long to churn one out, which became her great tale of Frankenstein Or, the Modern Prometheus. Most don’t know that the title includes the Prometheus reference, but there is a reason it is there. One looks closely to Victor Frankenstein, they can see many similarities to Prometheus: He has given knowledge to those who don’t deserve it, he has turned his back to his Creator by doing what he did, and he gets punished for his actions.

Victor Frankenstein, the doctor, had given the people knowledge of which was not meant to be known, by created a creature made of dead body parts, similar to Prometheus sharing the secret of fire with humans. When a human is dead, they are meant to stay dead. “The innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me.” Frankenstein, the doctor, had created a monster from those who had been dead, giving the once-dead life again. “They [Frankenstein and Prometheus] both have a deep love of humankind, displayed in their constant attempts to better the lives of man” (Samantha).Prometheus had been told by Zeus to not given the humans the ability to create fire, yet he d...

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