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Frankenstein: Prometheus

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Joanna Ortega

on 24 March 2014

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Transcript of Frankenstein: Prometheus

Or, The Modern Prometheus
Who was Prometheus?
Prometheus means "forethought", and he was the wisest Titan.
He fought alongside Zeus when there was a revolt against Cronus.
Prometheus and his sibling, Epimethius, were in charge of creating mankind.
He was the protector and benefactor of Man.
He gave mankind gifts, such as fire and tricked Zeus into allowing Man to keep the best parts of animals (meats) and allowing them to sacrifice the bones
He was punished by Zeus and and was chained to a rock, where everyday an eagle would feed on his liver as it regrew daily. He was later saved by Heracles (Hercules).
Prometheus and Frankenstein
"I had begun life with benevolent intentions, and thirsted for the moment when I should put them in practice, and make myself useful to my fellow-beings." (Shelley 80).
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Marco Medina, Angel Rodriguez, Joanna Ortega
Ms. Turner
IB English III-1B

Shelley borrows from the tale of Prometheus a sense of consequence resulting from seeking enlightenment and power. Victor is her modern incarnation of Prometheus. He, as Prometheus was, is fascinated by the power of electricity (lightning). From the beginning of the novel, when Victor warns Walton of the consequences of his quest, to the conclusion when Victor again reiterates the misfortunes he has suffered as a result of his curiosity, Mary Shelley mimics the Prometheus tale. Frankenstein endures not only because of its infamous horrors but for the richness of the ideas it asks us to confront — human accountability, social alienation, and the nature of life itself.
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