Biblical Allusions In Frankenstein

What are some biblical allusions in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

Expert Answers info

Lorna Stowers eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2011

write4,625 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Social Sciences, and History

There are two main biblical allusions found in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. The first allusion is found in chapter four of the novel and the second found in chapter fifteen.

In chapter four, Victor is defining the importance of his success in re-animating life. For Victor, the re-animation of life insures that he will be blessed as a "creator and source." Essentially, Victor defines himself as a god. Given Christian ideology supports and believes God to be the only one who is able to create life (outside of giving birth), Victor sets himself up as a god. This, more specifically, speaks to...

(The entire section contains 329 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

hambone4 | Student

There are many allusions regarding the bible. The to big ones would be the creator and the creation (God and Adam) and the image of the fallen angel.

The first one is easily seen throughout the book; the monster calls Victor his creator numerous times, and specifically calls himself Adam. Also, the similarity of the monster and Adam can be seen when the monster requests Victor "You must create a female for me..." like God created Eve for Adam. Another similarity, although implied, is that the monster is also forsaken by it's creator, as Adam when he is cast away from Paradise.

The other theme that is constantly repeated in the book is the image of the fallen angel. in one of the lines, the monster calls himself the "archfeind" (its just another word for the fallen angel.). Also, like the angel, he is created good, but is tainted by evil, and turns againt his creator, prefroming evil.

I just read the book :D I hope this elped a little.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial
sarashayne | Student

Adam and Eve. They ate from the tree of knowledge and were punished. Victor got the knowledge to create man, an awful man, and was punished by the fact that the monster was..awful. The Monster got the knowledge of how he was created, and abandoned by reading victor's letters also, he learned how he looked by seeing himself in the water.

All of this is to support the theme of danger of knowledge.

check Approved by eNotes Editorial