Victor Frankenstein as Adam

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Victor Frankenstein As Adam

Most would claim that Victor Frankenstein from Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein, is comparable to the God in Genesis but what is often overlooked is the fact that he actually has much more in common with Adam. In essence, many parallels can be drawn between Victor and Adams' acts in each of their respective stories. For example, one could easily compare the eating of the forbidden fruit with the creation of Frankenstein's creature and the inevitable fallout that both acts receive. Frankenstein also turns his back on society and the norm by pursuing forbidden science to help him create his blasphemy in the creature, much the same way Adam turns his own back on God's wishes.

Victor Frankenstein is compatible with Adam because their actions are mirror reflections of each other. One example is when in Genesis, God proclaims to Adam, "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Genesis 2).

Here God clearly states to Adam that he cannot eat from the tree because it would bring a terrible fate, death. As one already knows, Adam does end up eating the fruit when it is offered to him by Eve and for his transgressions he and his partner are cursed and given the ultimatum of death. The circumstances Adam found himself in are in fact parallel to what Victor Frankenstein endures. The creation of his monster sets off a series of events that eventually end with the death of almost the entirety Victor's family and loved ones, leaving him to die alone in isolation. The creation of the monster is what lead to all of Victor's misfortunes and cursed him with the...