Please give me some details & information about the allusion of Prometheus in the novel Frankenstein.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the old Greek myth, Prometheus took fire from the gods and gave it to the people.  For this, he was severely punished.  His crime was to take knowledge that was reserved for the gods and give it to the people.

In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein takes the power to create life away from the gods and gives it to himself.  He is clearly taking knowledge that was never meant for people to have.  Because of this, he is punished as well.

To me, this is the connection between the two stories.

mkcapen1 | Student
To relate the two together, Frankenstein and Prometheus, one must first look at the Greek myth of Prometheus. Prometheus wanted to create beings like many of the gods. He took clay and water and made it into shapes of bodies like the gods. He wanted to give his people the spirit of the gods. Athene saw what he was doing and decided to help. She blew life into his creatures and man roamed the earth. The gods saw these men and decided that they would like to be adored and worshiped by man. In return they would offer man protection. Prometheus was worried that Zeus would be too hard on man and went to address this with him. However, he tricked Zues and stole a part of the sun. Zues was very angry and he cast down fire on mankind and made it that man would suffer from diseases and hardships in his life. Prometheus was left tied to a rock. The illusion here demonstrates that Prometheus and Victor both desire of creating beings. Victor creates man who is born of fire. Prometheus creates man from clay. However, neither of the two has the true power of the gods. When the gods see what Prometheus has done they take control. Prometheus is eventually punished for his deed as is man left despondent because of Prometheus actions against Zeus. The creature is left alone and abandoned because of Victor and Victor is eventually punished for his own actions.
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