Prometheus And Frankenstein Research Paper

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Heroes must be ambitious to achieve their goals and rise above their limitations. Both Dr. Frankenstein and Prometheus were willing to suffer anything to get what they wanted. Both protagonists also felt they were working towards the improvement of the human race. Both were severely punished because they rebelled, Prometheus against the laws of Zeus and Dr. Frankenstein against the laws of God and nature. “I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” This was Dr. Frankenstein’s great ambition. He chose man, the most complicated of creatures, as his subject. A less ambitious person would have chosen a far simpler creature during his first attempt. “My imagination was too much exalted… permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man”. Prometheus too, was ambitious in his undertaking. He concocted a plan to distract the gods, and then, although it was perilous to do so, he stole the fire from Zeus himself.…show more content…
Frankenstein believed that he was a benefactor to the human race. That his work would eventually lead to the abolishment of death itself. “One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.” Here Dr. Frankenstein is saying that he will stop at nothing, because he believes his work will benefit the human race so greatly. He tried and failed, instead creating an abominable creature. It was the attempt that was heroic. Prometheus was also the same. He stole the sacred fire and gave it to humans, enabling them to do what exactly??? Prometheus’ plan turned out better than Dr. Frankenstein’s since humans have benefited greatly from the use of fire, however both Dr. Frankenstein and Prometheus suffered a terrible

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