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The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein. The Modern Prometheus. Myth prose Greek myth-Prometheus is a Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humans. Punishment: Zeus had him tied to a rock and an eagle ate out his liver every day, only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.

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the modern prometheus1
The Modern Prometheus
  • Myth prose
  • Greek myth-Prometheus is a Titan who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to humans.
  • Punishment: Zeus had him tied to a rock and an eagle ate out his liver every day, only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day.
influences
Influences
  • William Godwin- father; political philosopher;
  • Believed in the perfection of a race and had no propensity toward evil.
  • Rousseau- education liberates the personality
  • Locke- mind is a blank slate at birth
  • Percy Shelley- husband; “Prometheus Unbound”-a four-act play from Prometheus’ point of view (this would be a great source!)
influences1
Influences
  • Natural science- a naturalistic approach to the study of the universe, which is understood as obeying rules or laws of natural origin.
  • Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa- German magician, occult writer, alchemist. "All things which are similar and therefore connected, are drawn to each other's power."
influences2
Influences
  • Paracelsus- Renaissance physician, botonist, occultist, astrologer, and alchemist. Believed the universe was formed by three spiritual substances: Mercury, Sulfur and Salt (tria prima)
  • The tria prima also defined the human identity. Sulfur embodied the soul, (the emotions and desires); Salt represented the body; Mercury epitomized the spirit (imagination, moral judgment, and the higher mental faculties).
paradise lost
Paradise Lost
  • Famous epic poem by Milton
  • Centers on the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by Satan, and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
  • Attempts to justify God’s foundational, all knowing, all loving, all powerful nature.
  • Epigraph:

Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay

To mould me man? Did I solicit thee

From darkness to promote me?

daily question 1
Daily Question #1
  • Why is Frankenstein called The Modern Prometheus?
  • You may use your questions and your journal. Your response should be at least two paragraphs. Please organize your thoughts with a thesis statement, evidence, and a concluding thought.
daily question 3
Daily Question #3
  • In Paradise Lost, Milton describes hell as “a region of dark flame; it is darkness visible.” How does the setting of the Mer de Glace and the polar ice fields represent the underworld?
  • You may use your questions and your journal. Your response should be at least two paragraphs. Please organize your thoughts with a thesis statement, evidence, and a concluding thought.
daily question 2
Daily Question #2
  • Frankenstein uses the following quote as an epigraph:

"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clayTo mould Me man? Did I solicit theeFrom darkness to promote me?” – Paradise Lost

      • Explain why Shelley uses this as the epigraph.

(epigraph-a quotation at the beginning of a book, chapter, etc, suggesting its theme )

"epigraph." Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. 20 Apr. 2011. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/epigraph>.

daily question 4
Daily Question #4
  • "Like one who, on a lonely road,Doth walk in fear and dread,And, having once turned round, walks on,And turns no more his head;Because he knows a frightful fiendDoth close behind him tread.“
    • – excerpt from Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    • How does this excerpt connect to Frankenstein?