ExhibitionAn Extraordinary Life: Paradise Lost
In Frankenstein, the intelligent and sensitive creature created by Victor Frankenstein reads a copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, which profoundly stirs his emotions. The monster compares his situation to that of Adam. Unlike the first man who had “come forth from the hands of god a perfect creature”, Frankenstein’s creature is hideously formed and abandoned by his creator.
Adduxit ea ad Adam, ut videret quid vocaret ea from Dictionnaire raisonne universel d’histoire naturelle (And brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them from Universal annotated dictionary of natural history), 1791
Author: Jacques Christophe Valmont de Bomare (1731—1807)
Courtesy National Library of Medicine