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In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein many themes that are present are also present in contemporary society Many of these themes are universal The term universal pertains to the relating to extending to or affecting the entire world or all within the world worldwide all time periods American Heritage Dictionary pg 1401 These universal themes are seen everyday in life the theme of playing God the theme of having control parenting and the theme of seeing the perpetrator as the victim or visa versa These themes reflect the way in which people live today In Frankenstein both Victor and the monster are seen as playing God The monster is a victim who is seen as a perpetrator and Victor is seen here as a parent a neglectful parent To start off the first theme that is present in Frankenstein that is also seen in modern everyday life is the theme of playing God Victor here plays the role of God He has stolen the power to create life from God just as Prometheus had stolen the power to create fire from the Gods Although Victor possesses the knowledge to put life into an inanimate creature he doesnt possess the wisdom to use it wisely The scene where he creates the monster is a biblical allusion to creation It was already one in the morning the rain pattered dismally against the panes and my candle was nearly burnt out when by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open it breathed hard and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs Pg 56 At this moment in time the monster is playing Adam and Victor his creator God Victor creates the monster as an innocent being without sin The monster is not born evil nor is his corruption his fault The monster becomes a violent creature after he learns of humanity and what a cold cruel thing it can be The monster
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