Let’s take a minute to consider the correlations between the ancient Greek Prometheus, our modern Satan, and Frankenstein. In the Greek myth Prometheus is punished by the other gods for giving fire to humankind. Marginally less metaphorically, Satan is punished for rebellion and goes on to exact revenge on god by convincing humankind to eat of the tree of knowledge. In Frankenstein, the whole script flips. The creation is punished for merely existing (much like Adam and Eve) and discontent with the unfairness of that seeks to punish his creator and bring about his downfall. So, Victor is Promethean in the sense that he tried to ‘steal’ the knowledge of how to create life, but instead of being punished by god or other gods is punished by his creation itself.

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