What are three ways Victor Frankenstein is trying to be godlike in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?  

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Dr. Frankenstein tackles some incredible challenges, but in his pride, he begins to feel godlike and plays God with his science. This is no thinly veiled attempt at being God, either.

First and most obviously, Victor literally tries to bring the dead back to life. This is the entire premise of the story, and Victor succeeds in creating life from death.

Later, he calls his creation "Adam," referring to the first man created by God. By saying this, he intimates that he has created a new race and a new form of life. This is the height of his prideful attempts at being God.

Finally, in his pride, he believes that his creation should feel grateful for what he has done. While he spurns and hates his monster, he believes the creature should love and thank him for his life.

Although Mary Shelley was not particularly religious, she was writing within a culture that was deeply embedded within Christian thought. Her own social milieu was also very interested in the ancient Greek gods, albeit from a literary,...

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