Friday, October 8, 2010
Frankenstein Mythololgy Part III
The most important is the journal of Victor Frankenstein. The others are: Paradise Lost, Ruins of Empires, Sorrows Werther, and Parallel Lives. It is this last one that makes this scene notable on a blog about mythology.
Parallel Lives is written by Plutarch and is a history of famous Greek and Roman men (evidently no Greek and Roman women were important enough to write about). Most Greek people are paired with a Roman dude. He starts his book with Theseus and Romulus. You know who these people are and maybe one day I'll devote a post to each of them. Quick recap if needed, Theseus is the guy who is famous for killing the minotaur (but I remember him best as the guy who sat on the chair of forgetfulness in Hades until Hercules came along and pulled him off of it, leaving half of his butt behind) and Romulus is the founder of Rome, one of the twins who was raised by a wolf. Plutarch clearly favors Romulus, even though Theseus has had more adventures and quests, since Theseus kidnapped and raped so many women in his life and Plutarch cannot find any excuse for it (for that matter, nor can I - that's one of the reasons I've never really liked the Theseus myths).
Next - Our final post related to Frankenstein, unless, of course, I come up with something more to write about.
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