Prometheus’ Desire To Create Man Is Fueled By The Hatred

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Prometheus’ desire to create man is fueled by the hatred he feels toward the other gods. In Greek mythology, Prometheus is a Titan who favors man over the gods because the gods banish his family. The Olympians feel that man should sacrifice animals to the gods to show respect. Zeus is set to make the decision of which parts of the animals are to go to the humans. Prometheus makes two piles: one of bones covered in animal fat and the other of edible meat covered with ugly animal hide. As expected, Zeus picks the better-looking pile; the bones covered with animal fat. Getting angry because he feels Prometheus dupes him he deprives man of fire. Prometheus then steals the fire from ...view middle of the document...

Victor not only comprehends that this is his goal, he knows that he is “capable of a more intense application and [is] more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge” (36). Victor secludes himself from his family, and his friend Henry to complete his goal of bringing a creature to life. Victor succeeds, but when he finishes he sees “the beauty of the dream [vanish], and the breathless horror and disgust fill his heart” (56). Seeing this, Victor cannot stay in the same room as the creature, and he abandons it. As the creature recollects his creation, he views himself as a “poor, helpless, miserable wretch” (98). Everywhere he goes people flee because of his appearance. The creature longs for acceptance. The creature proceeds into the village to “recommence [his] travels” (101), and the creature recalls: “the whole village [is] roused; some flee some attack me” (101). After this incident the creature leaves the village, and retreats to the De Lacey family cottage. The creature observes them, and “long [s] to join them, but dare [s] not” (105). He remembers what happens to the villagers and does not want to endure it again. The creature spends his time monitoring the family. His thirst for knowledge drives him to “discover the motives and feelings of these lovely creatures” (109). He wants to uncover the reasons why the De Lacey family does things. The creature reads novels and tries to learn by emulating the cottagers. Soon, the creature possesses the courage to talk a blind member of the De Lacey family. The creature approaches the blind person because they will not be frightened by his appearance. Everything was going fine until the rest of the family comes home. They become scared and the creature makes his final plea: “You and your family are the friends whom I seek. Do not you desert me in the hour of trial” (129). Not being able to stand anymore negative response, the creature leaves to find his creator and ask for help.

        Victor Frankenstein’s rejection of the creature’s offer and the death of Elizabeth fuel significant changes in both Victor and the creature. The creature meets Victor again and requests a companion. The creature begs: “I am alone and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as horrible as myself would not deny herself to me” (137). The creature feels that asking for a companion is fair since he is abandoned when he is created. Victor denies the creature of his wishes without listening to his reasons. Victor declares: “I do refuse it, . . . and no torture shall ever extort a consent from me” (138). Victor not taking responsibility for his actions refuses the creatures demands without considering the consequences. The creature states that if Victor does not accept his demand; he will seek revenge. The creature swears: “I will work at your destruction , nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth (139). After being moved by ...


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