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The greatest modern stories often hail from ancient myths, and Mary Shelley’s novel,
Frankenstein, proves no exception to this claim. Replete with references to John Milton’s
Paradise Lost and the ancient Greek myth of Prometheus, the story of Frankenstein seems, in
many ways, very much like the Creature himself—which is to say, cobbled together from various
scraps of previously existing parts. Terry W. Thompson, however, argues convincingly that
scholars continue to ignore one of Frankenstein’s most influential literary antecedents: the Greek
hero known as Hercules (Thompson 36). In his article, “‘A Majestic Figure of August Dignity’:
Herculean Echoes in Frankenstein,” Thompson even goes so far as to list, point-for-point, the
story and character points that align the Creature with the Greek hero. All in all, Thompson
makes a compelling argument demonstrating the interconnectivity of literature. After offering a
brief summary of Thompson’s article, I will next analyze the merits and flaws of his arguments
before finally demonstrating how his article serves as a…