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June 27, 2015

Remember Prometheus


Another giant, eight feet tall and definitely a monster, is the creature made by Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel.
Full of ideas about galvanism and alchemy, the novel was based on a dream which Shelley had after visiting a castle in Germany where a famous alchemist had attempted to create a living being. The ‘science’ in the book is non existent. What we are meant to remember is the presumption of the “modern Prometheus” who created the monster. Giants and heroes | BESTqUEST

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 27, 2015 12:10 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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What makes a man into a 'Monster/Giant/Titan'?

Anything that amplifies their 'will' over others: The projection of Self-Power.

Non Allegorically/Metaphorically/Symbolically Transmutated forms of this power would be Money, Knowledge (in its myriad forms), Politics, Social Status, Military status (etc...) are tools for this amplification. These tools are morally neutral until wielded properly (or improperly) by the wielder. How they wield it determines what 'form' they take - depending on the point of reference of the 'tale-teller'.

What makes a man into a 'hero'?

Its an ordinary man who beats/destroys the Giant/Titan/Monster or overcomes/endures a remarkable hazard, of course, many times freeing his the people of their suffering or lives with a bountious reward afterwards.

Posted by: John Condon [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2015 12:56 PM

Mary Shelly's novel is a God-awful tedious chore to read. Corny as all hell, too. The movie is the rare case when Hollywood improved on the original work. And no one has been able to do a successful re-make of the old Boris Karloff classic.


Posted by: John M [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 27, 2015 2:21 PM

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