Comparing Frankenstein And Mary Shelley's Paradise Lost
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The novel Frankenstein and the epic poem Paradise Lost have many similarities concerning sentence structure and thematic ideas. A couple subjects that Mary Shelley borrows from the poem are the creature’s hatred towards Victor, much like Satan’s hatred towards God, and creature’s desperate need for a female counterpart, almost equal to God creating Eve for Adam. A contrasting theme is Adam’s ability to be part of a society, while the creature is nothing like society, being made up of human parts.
Frankenstein has similar themes with the epic poem, Paradise Lost, but also contains contrasting ideas involving interactions with society. Victor’s feelings towards the monster show his true personality, because he attempted to take the role of God, when he created the creature. The creature however says, “Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed?” (Shelley, 146) and he talks about how he doesn’t deserve to live and he didn’t get a choice involving his own life. He asks rhetorical questions…show more content… They find everything that is different about them, and use it against them. In the novel, Victor, purposely does this, because he wants to create a new “creature”, he doesn’t just want to resurrect a body. Victor puts a lot of time and effort into creating the “monster”. But his outcome is not what we wanted nor expected, and this represents how not everything will turn out how it’s expected. But the monster educates itself and becomes a human, apart from his appearance. He’s as educated has Victor, and this shows that events can change. Victor denies the fact that the monster has changed and does not treat him like he is human. The monster then decides to treat him as someone lower than him. This shows how the monster takes charge and demands his rights as a living