Comparison: Adam and Eve to (creation of Frankenstein)
In the old Testament, the Book of Genesis has many parallels to the Creation of
the monster. Love is the basic information by which Adam and the monster have
been created. The question that arises from this is “Is the monster an Adam like
figure?” Adam did not have the same sufferings as the monster because he did not
endure the hostility of the society. Therefore: the book of Genesis mirrors the
creation of the monster but with differences and its consequences.
The entire basis of Christianism is about God’s love for humanity “God loved so
the world that he gave his only son”(John 3:6). The Lord’s love is an absolute
love. “God created man at his picture. And in Genesis 1, this idea is reinforced
by the sentence “From God’s picture he created him”. God wanted man as good as
him and he gave him his benediction.
“So, he modelled man with dust taken from the ground, he insufflate in the
nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” The result of it
was a perfect beautiful being to which he gave the capability to name everything
which surrounded him.
On the other hand, as a college student at the University of Ingolstadt, Victor
became passionate with his ideal and collected body parts from cadavers until he
gave form and life to his creation.
God’s true love does not appear in Victor’s intention for the creation of his
new being. Victor’s main goal was to satisfy his intellectual curiosity. “He
pursued his understanding with ardour” in his need to understand the origin of
life: “spark of being into the lifeless thing.”
In his first letter to the Corinthians, St Paul begins: ” love is patient and
kind….. not selfish or irritable” that declaration shows us how God loves us.
That biblical reference gives us an strong insight into the nature of love with
the first step in Adam’s life. He received all gifts: beauty, wisdom,
intelligence and the abundance of fruits and food. In Genesis 2, indeed God has
placed Adam in the Eden’s garden where he can fully enjoy life. The only
condition was not to eat the fruit from the tree located in the middle of the
garden. Even through his kindness God said “It is not good for men to be alone,
I want to grant him a help.” God created Eve by taking a rib of Adam. So Adam
could share his life with a beauty (Eve) whose name means “the living one”. Here
again we can note again the generosity of God who offered to Adam knowledge and
In opposition to it, Victor did not care at all of his creation. He immediately
was disgusted by him and ran away from him. As a result, that creature was left
to survive on his own; with no education and no language and in particular he
had no idea what was good or bad. He met people but did not know the rules of
the society which was full of hostility against him. After he could not benefit
from the love of his creator, his sorrow will be huge in front of the reactions
of the frightened people. In addition to this Victor does not fulfil the
monster’s wish to love and to be loved by a companion. In the same way, God said
to Adam “be fertile and prolifique” So Adam could get many descendants and live
130 years old which was not the case of the monster.
In the two cases, we have an example of tragic fate. Adam is condemned to become
a mortal because he disobeyed and wanted to get the supreme knowledge; God tells
Adam; “it is in pain which you will nourish yourself all the days of your
life… you will win your bread to the sweat of your face…Yes you were dust,
and to dust you will return”. Because of his moral weakness, Adam has became the
first human with its fragility and imperfections. Finally he is not sure to meet
God if he commits too many sins.
Adam and Frankenstein are an integral part of the human condition. Yet, they
did not accept their limits. It is also important to note it because they showed
internal conflicts. They did not accept the rules inflicted upon them. Adam and
the monster’s refused chains and expressed their freedom which led them to
mistakes. The monster became a murderer which is a proof of human weakness.
Both Adam and Frankenstein have been rejected and are ashamed of their faults.
But in addition, the monster was unable to bear his horrible crimes and his
Towards the end of the book, it becomes clear that the monster still loves his
creator. It is the reason he did not kill him. He only wanted revenge upon
Victor who gave him his pitiful life. In the last part of the book, the loss of
his creator puts him in a state of distress and he reveals his plans to commit
suicide to Walton before he leaves the boat
Once again, Adam and the monster are characters engaged in struggles within
themselves: the monster is another Adam like figure because he does not dominate
sins as God asked for it. In this way, they are symbols of the humanity with
these followings characteristics: feelings of impatience, a will to
emancipation, a kind of madness and genius being adapted to hard conditions of
living, and an intense desire to accomplish their life with achieved goals. In
fact, the book of Genesis as a parallel to the creation of the monster reveals
an authentic generosity, faith, hope and love.