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Disillusionment in Frankenstei


            Prometheus" desire to create man is fueled by the hatred he feels toward the other gods. In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who favors man over the gods because the gods banish his family. The Olympians feel that man should sacrifice animals to the gods to show respect. Zeus is set to make the decision of which parts of the animals are to go to the humans. Prometheus makes two piles: one of bones covered in animal fat and the other of edible meat covered with ugly animal hide. As expected, Zeus picks the better-looking pile; the bones covered with animal fat. Getting angry because he feels Prometheus dupes him he deprives man of fire. Prometheus then steals the fire from the gods so that man will not go without. In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein creates a character like Prometheus does, and seeks revenge like Zeus. Victor Frankenstein creates a creature to fulfill his desires, but when things go amiss, Victor searches for revenge. Frankenstein is a novel that dramatizes the effects of disillusionment on a modern day Prometheus. .
             Victor Frankenstein and the creature derive from different backgrounds, but they both encompass the thirst for knowledge. In the beginning of the novel, Victor discusses his background. Victor admits: "No human being could . . . [pass] a happier childhood than myself" (Shelley 37). Victor is a product of a happy family and a first-class education. By reading books, Victor realizes that "Natural philosophy is the genius that regulate [s] his fate" (38). Victor now knows that his future will be with science. This revelation escorts Victor to create his creature. Victor recalls: "The raising of ghosts or devils [is] a promise liberally accorded by my favourite authors, the fulfillment of which I most eagerly [seek]" (40). The books Victor read are the catalysts for him to possess "the secrets of heaven and earth that [he] desire [s] to learn" (37).


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