Study Guide

Frankenstein What's Up With the Epigraph?

By Mary Shelley

What's Up With the Epigraph?

"Did I request thee, Maker, from my clay
To mould me Man, did I solicit thee
From darkness to promote me?"

Paradise Lost, X, 743-45

Have you ever screamed at your parents, "I didn't ask to be born, anyway!"? Well, that's pretty much how the monster feels about being created by Frankenstein. Also, the clay business gets back to the Prometheus title. Ah, beautiful.

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