Doctor Frankenstein had a vision to do something that was deemed impossible, bring his wife back from the dead. Of course what he created was not someone who he would have Sunday brunch with, rather, he created the world’s most hideous creature, Frankenstein! This is not the first time that a piece of literature has told a tale of resurrecting someone–or something from the dead. We have read about Jesus bringing back Lazarus in the Bible, and of course Jesus himself coming back to life. Although the Bible and Frankenstein are ultimately achieving the same goal–bringing someone back, the way they go about it is entirely different. One is through the use of science while the other is simply an “act of a God” or a miracle with no scientific reasoning or proof to back it up. This deviation of methods backpacks of off our last blog topic where we talked about the separation of the Church and science. The Bible may be a sacred book with stories that teach great morals, but ultimately most of these passages were just¬†stories–not fact. Of course Frankenstein is fictional as well, but it is important that the process of resurrecting is based off of scientific discoveries and not faith.

Although these resurrection stories lack commonalities, it is interesting to compare Victor’s character with God. As a religious man, I feel blasphemous in relating these two figures together, but in both scenarios, they respectively “created” their offspring. Although their offspring are two polar opposites, Jesus and the Monster, they do share similar tendencies as they develop. They are both naive at their conception, not quite sure what type of evil lies in the world. As they become more aware of their surroundings, they see the evil and hatred ¬†that people are capable of. How they react is were the difference is, Frankenstein of course rebels and causes mobs throughout his village–instilling fear in all of those around him. Jesus sacrifices his life for the rest of mankind. The point is they were both pushed to react and make a change in the world they lived in. Both of their creators, Victor and God, effectively had their subjects killed for the better of mankind. Proving that regardless of how they came to be–science or miracle, everyone has to die.