Frankenstein’s Intertextuality A Brief Outline Definition of intertextuality Examples of intertextual allusions within the text Relation to the myth of Prometheus Relation to Milton’s Paradise Lost Definition of Intertextuality ‘Borrows’ ideas and themes from other media forms Can be borrowed from text, audio files, movies, theatre etc. Not to be associated with copyright, collusion Various movies use intertextual references Helps reader to better understand text The Myth Of Prometheus Prometheus was a Greek titan. He stole one of Zeus’ lightning bolts and use it to give humans the gift of fire. Prometheus was chained to a cliff and had an Eagle eat his liver every day having it grow back at night as punishment. This is like victor living with the regret of defying gods will and bringing a dead thing back to life. God Victor played God Frankenstein neglected his creation Satan Milton’s Paradise Lost Frankenstein’s monster was created benevolent The creation defied his master Adam Victor created life against natural order The creation was in complete solitude Conclusion Defined Intertextuality Linked Prometheus Myth to novel Linked Milton’s Paradise Lost to novel Referenced other links in novel Conclusion cont. Intertextuality borrows info from other texts Prometheus suffers torture much like that of Victor Frankenstein Adam, Satan, god and their relation to the novel.
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