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Mythological approach in "Frankenstein"

  1. 1. Mythological approach IN FRANKENSTEIN MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 1
  2. 2. What is Myth? 2 MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014
  3. 3. Significance of myth • Myth are symbolic projections of people’s hope, values, fears & aspirations. • Mythos is a worldview-based traditional story or body of mythology. • In reality myth reflects more profound reality. • Study of myth reveals about the mind and character of people. MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 3
  4. 4. Myth of Prometheus • Greek Mythology • Prometheus created man and taught everything • Zeus kept fire from mankind and gave it to mankind • Give hope to the world MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 4
  5. 5. Myth of Narcissus • A tale told by Roman poet Ovid • Echo, a young girl falls in love with Narcissus • He was the son of a river • Narcissus unable to leave the beauty of his refection, and because of curse he died. • Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself. MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 5
  6. 6. Myth of Paradise Lost • As a Christian myth • John Milton takes this from Bible, Chapter 1 “Genesis” • A long epic in English literature • A tale that says, ‘fall of mankind’ MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 6
  7. 7. ‘Frankenstein’ & Mythology… • Shelley incorporated a number of different sources into her work • Promethean myth from Ovid • John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ • S.T. Coleridge’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient mariner’ • Victor Frankenstein’s innovative work of the Titan in creating humans as he break rules of Nature • The novel also uses subtitle ‘The modern Prometheus’ MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 7
  8. 8. ‘Frankenstein’ & Mythology… MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 8
  9. 9. Interpretation of myth • Myth-past, present is what?? • A writer tries to fit the past in the present. In present the situation is different. • Is it the repetition of the history-past? In a new way? • Study of social ‘structure and the texture of the novel. Use of myth is retelling the story … MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 9
  10. 10. Quotes about myth “Myth are public dreams, Dreams are private myth.” ~ Joseph Campbell “Myth is neither a lie nor a confession it is a inflection.” ~ Roland Barthes “Myth convert history into nature.” ~ Roland Barthes MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 10
  11. 11. Conclusion Hence one can say that in every culture has their own myth and here Marry Shelley has presented it very proper way and writes Sci-Fi that takes the charm of the novel a higher one. MKBU Department of English Kaushal Desai 2/27/2014 11
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