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Transcript of Frankenstein Analysis
Milton, John, and Merritt Y. Hughes.Paradise Lost. New York: Odyssey, 1935. Print.
"Old Testament."Old Testament.OBB, 1989.Web. 13 Dec. 2012.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein.N.p.: Penguin Group, n.d. Print.
The Holy Bible: New International Version. Colorado Springs, CO: International Bible Society, 1984. Print. "So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them."(Old Testament)
God put Adam into the Garden of Eden (Paradise Lost) and told him one simple thing to follow...to never eat from the Tree of Knowledge.
God did not see a purpose in Adam being alone, so he created a companion and she was named Eve since she was the mother of all who lived.
A serpent convinced Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge and claimed "...you will be like God, knowing good and evil" (Old Testament)
Adam and Eve were cursed upon by God and began to bore children, one after another. John Milton's story, Paradise Lost was referenced in Frankenstein for an important reason.
Although Frankenstein relates to Adam and Eve in the biblical version, he relates to the humanized version in Paradise Lost.
Miltons reference to Satan links directly to Victor's creation..."Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition" (Shelley)
Considering Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost are sinful and experience lustful sex, it is considered to be a more natural story than the Bible. Which is another reason why Shelley chose to reference this poem. Victor's creation was related to Adam in some ways, just like Adam he was "united by no link to any other being in existence." (Shelley)
The creation was also created to be perfect and able just like how God created Adam to be.
Adam ate from the sacred Tree of Knowledge which led him into being shunned from his Creator...the Creation was nothing his Creator thought he would be and was shunned for his appearance and actions.
Victor had "found so astonishing a power placed within my hands"(Shelley) when he created life from the dead, just like God had.
Victor felt grief after he created his monster and God felt the same after he gave life to humankind..."The Lord saw the wickedness of humankind was great in the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of their hearts was only evil continually." (Old Testament) The Lord created a companion for Adam considering he didnt want him to fufill life alone...therefore Eve was created. Victor was in the process of creating a women companion for his Creation as well.
When the Creation killed Victor's wife Elizabeth, he swore to himself that he would hunt this monster down and end his life. When Adam ate from the Tree of Knowledge, "God sent him forth from the Garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken."(The Holy Bible)
Victor feared that his Creation and his companion would create a "race of devils" (Shelley) which would be in the form of children. Just like Adam and Eve had. Frankenstein Analysis Devilsih. "PARADISE LOST AND FRANKENSTEIN." Scribd. Web. 14 Dec. 2012. Works Cited Explanation I decided to show these comparisons to Paradise Lost and also the biblical versions of Adam and Eve since Shelley referenced all of these aspects in her novel and also since, when you actually research each topic, the characters in Frankenstein closly relate to Miltons characters and Adam and Eve.
When one reads Frankenstein knowing the relations it has to religious views, it adds a more complex story line to the entire novel.