What book is subtitled The Modern Prometheus?

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The book is Frankenstein The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein was not the name of the monster but the name of the man who created it. Prometheus in Greek mythology was a demigod who gave man the gift of fire and was horribly punished by Zeus for doing so. Frankenstein uses a sort of fire, i.e., electricity from lightning, to bring his creature to life. He is punished by the monster himself. You can find a great deal of information about this classic novel in eNotes by searching under the word "Frankenstein."

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