In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, many references showed in the novel helps bring meaning to the characters.  One that is the most prominent is Paradise Lost, by John Milton. This book is found by Frankenstein’s creature in a forgotten knapsack, which soon becomes an essential reading that helps develop his grasp on knowledge and language.  The epic poem involves the Biblical story of the Fall of man, using the religious characters of God, Adam, Eve, Satan, etc. Some interesting parallels can be drawn between the characters of each of the books.

 

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