Can the story be read as an Adam and Eve tale?Victor doing the job of God by creating man and bringing him to life can you compare that to the story of Adam and Eve because of them making...

Can the story be read as an Adam and Eve tale?

Victor doing the job of God by creating man and bringing him to life can you compare that to the story of Adam and Eve because of them making decisions against gods orders of what would be a bad turn out. Like with Victor watching a tree striked by lightning and watching it shred was a sign of how much damage the lightning could cause. And when he used the lightning to create the monster it turned out to be a bad outcome just like in the story of Adam and Eve, they are told not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowlegde and they go against Gods orders and eat from the tree and then it turns into a bad outcome. If you have yor own opinion on this topic and could maybe compare the two better please leave me a post.

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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There is a definite sense in which I think we can compare the act of Frankenstein's creation to Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit. He clearly oversteps a boundary that is placed by God and suffers hideously as a result raising a whole gamut of ethical issues that cannot be ignored or easily resolved. However, if we see Victor as a God like figure, he does not play his role very well, abandoning his creature and wishing that he had never created it.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Yes and no.  Victor does create the monster--he is, in a sense, the monster's "father".  The creature=Adam; Victor=God.  This is why the creature is so upset with Victor in his chapters (11-13 or so) when he tells where he has been since he fled Victor's apartment in Ingolstadt.  The creature feels that Victor has not been a responsible parent, and he has not been.

As far as Eve, however, this is not founded.  The female creature, had she been completed, would have fit this description, but she is torn apart and dumped in the lake.  The lack of a companion (as God gave to Adam) is the reason the creature seeks revenge and kills everyone precious to Victor.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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This is a good question. In a sense, you can say that Frankenstein's monster is a type of Adam in that he is a new creature. However, Victor did not create life; rather, he restored life to recombined body parts. Whereas God made Adam from a handful of dirt, Victor took parts of God's created being to make his creature. You might call the monster an anti-Adam.

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