The Myth Of Prometheus And Frankenstein

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In ancient Greek society, myth was used to provide explanations for natural forces, as well as to provide collective interpretation on issues for the Greeks. Morally speaking, the ancient myths of Prometheus greatly discourage rebellion. Frankenstein also displays this theme, as Victor rebels against his own advice that, “A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility” (Shelley, 37). Both Prometheus and Frankenstein were reckless in their actions. Although they did not have harmful intentions, neither asked for consent from whom the creature would affect. Prometheus causes two major punishments of men. First, he tricks Zeus with man’s sacrifice, leading to the removal of fire. Next, he steals fire back and returns it to man, leading to Zeus’ introduction of Pandora and hardship for mankind. Frankenstein also unintentionally causes punishment for the monster by making him in a hideous form during the haste of his project. Due to his grotesqueness, the monster is excluded from society, even though he learns the language and attempts to conform. It is arguable that Frankenstein could have prolonged the creation of the monster in order to construct him in a more acceptable form. Prometheus could have first consulted with Zeus instead of trying to outsmart him. Similarly, Frankenstein could have consulted and collaborated with his professors instead of creating the monster in private. By using these lessons, it can be advised to negotiate plans with those who provide an alternate perspective on a situation. Throughout the history of advanced cultures such as the Greeks and modern society, it seems to be recommended to ask for per... ... middle of paper ... ... world” (Chernus). Also, Frankenstein’s relationship with Prometheus proves that there are many issues that transcend time, and may never have a standard line of objectivity, of right and wrong. There is a reason that Frankenstein is often on summer reading lists throughout the United States. By actively distributing this modern myth, educators desire to provide an example of how these aforementioned issues should be addressed. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus not only provides a restructuring of the ancient Greek myths, but also functions as a modern myth. Frankenstein has made a broad influence in connecting ancient and modern cultures and bringing to society’s attention the ethics of creation and treatment of life. These issues should not go unaddressed, and the insight provided by Frankenstein should be considered when dealing with ethical issues.
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