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Prometheus stole fire from the Greek Gods and gave it to the humans To punish him Zeus chained Prometheus to a rock where an eagle picked at his innards Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is subtitled The Modern Prometheus It takes place in the 19th Century when modern technology was limited Frankenstein is about well-educated men who try to push the limits but fail Like Prometheus these educated men are tortured after their overconfidence causes them to fail Mary Shelley demonstrates that education causes one to be overconfident through Frankenstein the Creature and Robert Walton Victor Frankensteins education causes him to be over ambitious Frankenstein was never forced to learn He loved learning We loved application and our amusements would have been the labors of other children 923 Cornelius Agrippa Paracelsus and Alberta Magnus introduce the science of alchemy and magic to Frankenstein His self-esteem grows as he noticed his improvement in chemistry and natural philosophy I made some discoveries in the improvement of some chemical instruments which procured me great esteem and admiration at the university 931 Through Frankensteins improvement in science he has grown more confident Frankensteins father made sure that Victor would not be scared of supernatural horrors Darkness had no effect upon my fancy and a church-yard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life 931 Frankenstein doubts his abilities in science to create the Creature But my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life 932 Frankensteins success in his education and his experiments makes him so overconfident that he had the guts to create a living creature The Creatures self-taught education gives him the confidence to approach humans The Creature starts his life as an unloved hideous and disgusting being He is alone The Creature wanders the country looking for shelter He finds a hovel next to a cottage The Creature learns about life
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