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Muhammad 1 Yusra Muhammad Engl 338 Beth Hardell 12/08/2010 “A thorough comparison of Shelly’s Frankenstein to Milton’s Paradise Lost” Mary Shelly’s novel “Frankenstein” uses an array of literary devices in order to grasp her reader. The main theme of the novel is horror, and there are many instances where she uses grotesque imagery in order to describe her characters. When compared to the epic poem “Paradise Lost” by John Milton, there are many instances which could easily be compared to how Shelly sets out her characters. Even though set in a very different time, both Paradise Lost and Frankenstein can be analyzed as having similar character traits of the protagonists and antagonists. Thus, this essay will explore the similarities and differences of the two great works of literature. Primarily, emphasizing on the representation of Gods, the dynamic characteristics of Satan and the monster and how evil originates. Observing the character traits of Victor, in Frankenstein in the first few chapters can be closely related to that of God in Paradise lost. God has created paradise, Adam and Eve, and His angles. Victor in the search of knowledge for the creation of a creature which would in a way worships him and ask for his benevolence. However, God is the creator of the universe, the creator of mankind. Victor even though gaining that knowledge can never be compared to God. He is self centered, and as we observe throughout the novel that he even though bestows life to a creature but abandons it only on the basis of his abhorrent looks (Smith Web). When we take a closer look at both the stories, it is clear that even though God and Victor can be paralleled as having the knowledge of a creator; however, Victor posses the basic characteristics of a human being. He was overwhelmed with emotions, and even though he had
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Muhammad 2 given life to a hideous creature he described it as “Beautiful! Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriance’s only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same color as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shriveled complexion, and straight black lips” (Shelly 45). He was filled with the disgust at the sight of a hideous creature, even though it was his own creation. However, God was pleased with his creation, and gave all the bounties of life to Adam, along with Eve as his accomplice. Further analyzing Victor, it is clear that he has basic human characteristics, his interest in
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This note was uploaded on 02/04/2011 for the course ENGL 338 taught by Professor Hardell during the Fall '10 term at CUNY Hunter.

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