Ineed allusions that go throughout the novel.Allusion is a reference in a literary work to a person,place or thing in history or another work of literature.Allusions are often indirect or brief references to wellknown characters or events.chapters1-5
There are two main biblical allusions found in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. The first allusion is found in chapter four of the novel and the second found in chapter fifteen.
In chapter four, Victor is defining the importance of his success in
re-animating life. For Victor, the re-animation of life insures that he
will be blessed as a "creator and source." Essentially, Victor defines
himself as a god. Given Christian ideology supports and believes God to
be the only one who is able to create life (outside of giving birth),
Victor sets himself up as a god. This, more specifically, speaks to
Genesis and the creation of the earth and life on earth.
Chapter fifteen, on the other hand, offers a far more direct allusion
to the Bible. In this chapter, the Creature is telling of his own
history. Upon reading Milton's Paradise Lost, the Creature realizes that
he is like both Adam and Satan. The Creature states that his is like
Adam because there was "no link to any other being in existence." Also,
the Creature likens himself to Satan in regards to the fact that "for
often, like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protectors, the bitter
gall of envy rose within me."
In one abstract sense, one could regard Victor's initial creature as
"Adam" and the Creature's mate as "Eve." While never called "Eve," one
could see the allusion to both beings in the novel.
Another aspect which proves to show biblical allusions is Victor and
Walton’s search for forbidden knowledge. This speaks to Adam and Eve’s
taking from the Tree of Knowledge which God forbid them to do. For this,
Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden. Coincidentally,
both Victor and Walton are on a similar path. Luckily for Walton, Victor
has already been “banished” for taking from the “tree.” Therefore,
while Victor must face his consequences, he is able to save Walton from
doing so as well.
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