As I finished reading my novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, I have come up with many thoughts and saw many different similarities to the bible. The one that I could most relate was the similarities between the monster and Lucifer (Satan/Devil). I saw many things that could compare them and relate them to each other as I read through the book. The monster rebels against Victor as Lucifer rebelled against God.
Let’s start with Lucifer. Lucifer was made in Gods eyes as perfect, a beautiful and intelligent angel. Lucifer was created by God as the highest among all other angels except for God himself. God was Lucifer’s leader and he was to obey what God said. But, Lucifer felt that he was higher then God and rebelled against him, his leader. Lucifer’s rebel against God lead to his fall from heaven sending him to hell, but he did not lose any power if anything he gained some power turning him into, as most people know him, Satan. Satan is always doing bad and always trying to get others to do bad and rebel against God. Everyone has come in contact with Satan but has not actually seen him, this is because he works through other things and people, almost as if they are his servants. For example, the famous biblical story of Adam and Eve. Adam and Eve were the first male and female human beings created by god who lived on earth. Adam and Eve were placed in the garden of Eden which had many plants and trees. They were only instructed one thing, and that was to not eat from a specific tree. In the bible in states, “But you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.” (Genesis 2:17). This is where Lucifer comes in. Lucifer came into this story as a serpent who convinced Eve to eat a piece of fruit of the forbidden tree, so she did and gave some to her husband, Adam. The serpent says, “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:5). This was the first sin on earth. Therefore, this shows how Satan continuously rebels against god and possesses other things to do his evil.
Now for the monster. In the novel Victor is like God and the monster is like Lucifer. Victor is like God as he created the monster and the monster is like Lucifer because he was created in Victors image. Victor proves that he is the one that created it when he states, “Unable to endure the aspect of the being I have created.” (Shelley 42). The comparison between the monster and Lucifer is that they both started off as good but then they turned bad and rebelled against their creature. In the book the monster wakes up and starts off as nice, shy, and quite happy. But, then after a bit Victor, his creator, abandoned him and left him all alone to fend for himself. After this event the monster started to kill people. This compares to Lucifer because at this part the monster rebels against his creators’ beliefs. Victor thought it was very wrong to kill someone. This is where the difference is; Lucifer knew the difference between right and wrong, it was his choice to rebel against God. In the monsters case he did not know the difference between right and wrong as Victor had abandoned the monster at an early stage. So, I feel like the monster’s murders are to blame on Victor. Secondly, another comparison between the monster and Lucifer is they use something or someone to get to their victim, the person their after. Lucifer used the serpent to get to Adam and Eve and to get them to do evil. In the novel the monster uses murder to get to Victor by killing people who are close to Victor like one of his best friends. But, the difference between the two are that Lucifer knew it was wrong what he was doing and he did it for bad reasons whereas the monster I feel did it for good. I feel like he killed the people to try and get his creator back and closer to him so he wasn’t lonely.
In conclusion, I feel like it is right to say that the monster and Lucifer have their similarities between each other. But, at the same time they have their differences as Lucifer used it for bad but the monster tried to use it for good, which leads me to my final thought. I feel like their similarities but not enough to put them in the same group. The monster is an all around better being then Lucifer was.
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Classic Books, 2000.
The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testaments. Oxford University Press, 2002.