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Both the character of Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelleys novel Frankenstein and Goethes eponymous hero in the play Faust - Der Tragdie erster Teil are very similar to the mythical character of Prometheus Prometheus story which originates in Greek legend it is the tale of a titan who steals fire from the gods Like both Faust and Frankenstein Prometheus is a man who attempts to elevate his own status to that of a god by trying to gain knowledge that is exclusively available to the gods Although both Faust and Frankenstein exist in a Christian world their crime is considered as great as the crime of Prometheus as both men act in an impious manner Faust selling his soul to Mephistopheles Frankenstein attempting to bestow animation on lifeless matter Each character is also punished extensively for his behaviour as Prometheus was being eternally chained to a rock at the top of the Caucasus mountains and destined to have his liver torn out by a vulture whereupon it would re-grow each day and the punishment revisited Shelleys modern Prometheus bears similarities not only to the character Prometheus but also to Pandora the first woman according to Greek mythology For Shelley Frankensteins titanic overreaching is a character flaw rather than a purposeful attempt to emulate God Like Pandora who could not suppress her natural curiosity and unleashed evil upon the world Frankenstein cannot suppress his desire to overcome death and mortality In his quest to animate dead matter Frankenstein unleashes a monster upon society However the creation of this monster is not instantly condemned it is Frankensteins neglect of the creature which causes it to become evil Shelleys Frankenstein is a character who continuously errs in the name of humankind His goal is to remove suffering and death from the world and his creation is a misguided attempt to achieve this Goethes Faust however is a completely different character Faust is a man who cannot bear
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