Response Essay 3_2012 - A Yellow-Eyed Creature and the...

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9/11/2012 A Yellow-Eyed Creature and the Dark-Eyed Vagrants In many ways, Frankenstein parallels the creation story; Victor is God, or the Creator, and the creature is Adam, desperately seeking his ‘Eve.” However, because Victor is an unsuitable Creator, Frankenstein could be read as a condemnation of attempting to play God. Victor’s tampering with the “secrets of life” results in him creating a creature also unsuitable for the human world, so hideous that he defies empathy and is denied the companionship he so desperately yearns. In this way, Shelley appears to warn against “picking the fruit of knowledge” – knowledge that should be reserved to God alone. However, though the creature Victor creates is visually hideous and disfigured, he still possesses a heart “fashioned to be susceptible of love and sympathy” (222). For a creature created through a “series of disgusting circumstances,” there seems to be no
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  • Fall '12
  • AmyKaplan
  • Frankenstein, Creator deity, Eye color, Victor, creature

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