Prometheus and Frankenstein - SASC Literature 2011 by yurtgc548



      By Fatima and Danielle
           Who is Prometheus?
• Prometheus means forethought, which means that he has the gift
  of foreseeing things
• He is a Titan, and is the son of Lapetus and Themis.
• He was chose by the Gods to make man out of clay. And
  Prometheus made man to resemble the Gods.
• Prometheus grew fond of his creations, giving them knowledge
  and stealing the gift of fire for them
         Social/Cultural Context
• A hero
• saviour of mankind
• rebellion against tyrannous authorities(i.e. Zeus)

• Some see him as the destructor of mankind, as
  he also brought destruction on all of mankind
  (i.e. evils and misfortunes)
• Ancient Græco-Roman myth

• 525 B.C: Aeschylus’s Prometheus Bound, written during Greek
  Renaissance, whilst under the rule of a tyrant leader, Hippias, who
  was overthrown by a democratic leader.

• 1802: Percy Shelley's Prometheus Unbound, written during French
  Revolution. In this version of the Prometheus myth, Prometheus
  serves as a heroic rebellious figure (much like Milton's Satan in
  Paradise Lose) who overthrows an absolute ruler in favour of more
  democratic principles.

• 1818: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus,
  written during the industrial revolution. This version of Prometheus
  portrays Prometheus as the bringer of destruction, as opposed to
  the saviour of mankind.
  Prometheus vs. Frankenstein
Similarities              Differences
• Family Line             • Love for Creation
• Thirst for knowledge    • Prometheus ultimately
• Creating life             saved by Hercules
• Stole from God/nature   • Henry murdered by the
• Caused destruction        creature
• Suffered eternal
• “my family is one of the most distinguished of [Geneva]”
• “I was capable of a more intense application, and was
  more deeply smitten with the thirst of knowledge”(pg.38)
• “A new species would bless me as its creator and
• “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to
  learn” (pg.39)
• “...felt the never-dying worm alive in my bosom” (pg.89)
• “Of what materials was I made, that I could thus resist so
  many shocks, which, like the turning of the wheel,
  continually renewed the torture?”(pg.181)

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