Allusions to "Paradise Lost" and "Faust" in "Frankenstein" Comparison Essay

Allusions to "Paradise Lost" and "Faust" in "Frankenstein"
A literary analysis of allusions to John Milton's "Paradise Lost" and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust" in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein".
# 102892 | 890 words | 0 sources | 2007 | US
Published on Apr 06, 2008 in Literature (English) , Literature (Comparative Literature)

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This paper examines Mary Shelley's novel "Frankenstein" and the allusions it makes to Milton's epic poem "Paradise Lost" and Goethe's "Faust". The paper holds that "Frankenstein" includes these allusions to present the reader with a clear explanation of the inner torment of the characters. The paper expands upon the parallels between the characters in each work in detail and concludes that familiarity with "Faust" and "Paradise Lost" adds to our understanding of "Frankenstein" and makes the novel memorable and powerful.

From the Paper:

"The monster's epiphany is a catalyst to his destructive path. He realizes that his creator has handled creationism in an irresponsible manner and is repulsed by Victor's utter abandonment. "'Accursed creator! Why did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust? (125) He also realizes that his grotesque appearance will forever condemn him to loneliness. "God, in pity, made man beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of your, more horrid even from the very resemblance... Satan had his companions, fellow devils, to admire and encourage him, but I am solitary and abhorred" (125). This idea drawn from "Paradise Lost", that even Satan has companions, pains the monster terribly; he knows he is a good natured, genuine creature, yet he is rejected by the world."

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