Fire In Frankenstein

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The subtitle of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, is “The Modern Prometheus.” In Greek Mythology, Prometheus was a man who stole fire from the gods to give to humans. However, since he defied the god’s in order to give the humans such a powerful and dangerous gift, he was severely punished. And the fire, even though it has had great benefits to mankind, it also has very many negative aspects when used in the wrong ways. Fire has been the cause of millions of deaths and will continue to do so. When Mary Shelly wrote this novel, Dr. Victor Frankenstein was the figure cast as Prometheus. The monster, which is never formally given a name, was cast as the fire Prometheus stole from the gods. Mary Shelly’s horror novel, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus quickly became a very controversial book for its many hidden implications. The first implication in Mary Shelly’s book, Frankenstein is that the sublime and the beautiful are all that truly matter in human society. In the beginning of the novel, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster was not evil at all. In fact, he was actually intelligent, and very open to learning. However, after he goes out into the world, his experiences begin to warp his mind. Everyone he…show more content…
Frankenstein was responsible for his creation’s actions. At this point in time, most of Europe was under control of the church. This being said, Mary Shelly’s novel, Frankenstein quickly became very controversial. Throughout the course of the novel, it becomes apparent to the reader, that the monster is not to blame for his actions, but rather his creator, Dr. Frankenstein. This has implications that God himself, our creator, is responsible for all of the horrible deeds humans have performed. This did not go over well with the church, to them, it was blasphemy to blame God for all of the bad acts humans had committed. True or not, this was highly upsetting to the religious
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