A Study of Mythological Culture: a Re-reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein



Abstract:
In a general sense, myth can be called as a traditional legendary story. It can be a collection of
studies to explain why something is existent. It is derived from the Greek word ‘mythos’ which
actually means ‘story’. Myths can be termed as the plot in the story that involves symbols thrusting
out different levels of meanings and they are set in a timeless past before any recorded history begins
holding a religious and spiritual significance. However, the actual definition of myth can be referred
to as an idea or story that is thought to be true by many people but actually it is not. Myth can be
possibly a story that was told in an ancient culture in practice to explain the belief or natural
occurrence. The myth that is being discussed in this paper is regarding the Frankenstein myth. Mary
Shelley’s work ‘Frankenstein’ describes the adventure of beings with more than human powers to
reveal the mysterious events explaining a religious belief or practice as told through the ‘Promethean
myth’. Hence, an attempt has been made to uplift the suggested mythological cultural interpretation
in the work. In terms of Greek myths and its relation to Mary Shelley’s works, it certainly grasps the
promethean myth. It is considered to be one of the greatest works of the romantic period and the
mythological tradition is continued with the influence of the classical epic Paradise Lost by John
Milton and the heroic figure of Prometheus.

 

 

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