Alien Movie Universe

“It’s alive!” - Comparisons with Frankenstein
Forum Topic
8,507 Views3 RepliesAdd A Reply


ChestbursterMember935 XPAug-02-2017 5:01 AM

Mary Shelley wrote her immortal novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus in 1816-17 as the result of a writing competition between herself, Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord Byron (and Polidori) after discussing the horror genre on stormy, thundering nights in a mansion in Switzerland. Shelley (P. B.) is also the creator of the poem “Ozymandias” (“Look on my Works ye Mighty and despair”).

The less known continuation of the title - “or, The Modern Prometheus” takes its themes from classical Greek mythology - in which the titan Prometheus gives the forbidden fire (knowledge/enlightenment) to man and is therefore punished by the gods (by being tied to a rock and the liver, considered the residence of the soul, eternally being eaten by an eagle since the liver always regenerates). So here we have the themes of “hubris” and “nemesis”.

Similar to Prometheus, Dr Victor Frankenstein wants to give the secret of creation (life) to man. As his mother dies in childbirth (creating life), he becomes obsessed with the idea of creating life. For this, he is, as it were, eventually punished. He studies at the University of Ingolstadt, particularly scientists and alchemists not accepted at the university. The study of galvanism leads to the theory that electricity is the key to creating life. After robbing church yards of bodies and body parts he finally succeeds in creating “the monster”.

David is also created, brought to life, from dead matter by his “father” Sir Peter Weyland. Just like Frankenstein's monster he is rejected, mocked and humiliated by his father and mankind for being an abomination. His purpose and meaning in “life” is to serve. From here the rage and hate originate and his need for revenge.

Elizabeth (the same first name as Dr Shaw’s) is the fiancé of Dr Frankenstein and she is eventually one of the targets of the monster’s revenge on his “father” and mankind, just as David is responsible for the death of Shaw. But David can also be seen, not only as the created monster, but also as the creator (of new monsters) and perhaps there is, or was, something like a love affair between Elizabeth and David and she eventually dies by his creation (or experiments).

Finally, David uses bodies and body parts (of engineers) in his laboratory, just as Dr Frankenstein digs up bodies in church yards. In fact, what David calls his necropolis may not just refer to all the dead engineers in the open space outside the temple, the temple itself might be a necropolis where the engineers buried prominent persons. It would then also explain how David could create the stuffed, mounted engineer (the bodies outside the temple being charred and mutated)?

3 Responses to “It’s alive!” - Comparisons with Frankenstein


FacehuggerMember141 XPAug-02-2017 6:20 AM

Ozymandias's author is Percy Shelley, not Mary.


"This mighty city shows the wonders of my hand."


ChestbursterMember516 XPAug-02-2017 6:25 AM

Anyone have a link to "Advent" Davids transmission to WY regarding Queen Daniels ?

Take This.... This is the blood of our lord


ChestbursterMember935 XPAug-02-2017 8:04 AM

Yes, I know, Farlander. He was married to M. Shelley so she might have had a hand in it, though :) I'll make it clearer.

Add A Reply
Sign In Required
Sign in using your Scified Account to access this feature!
Latest Images
Alien & Predator Alien & Predator Fandom
Alien Movie Universe Forums
Alien: Covenant
Alien: Covenant Discuss the Prometheus Sequel, Alien: Covenant
Alien Discuss all things Alien here
Alien Games
Alien Games Discuss Alien games here
Alien FX TV Series
Alien FX TV Series Discuss the Alien FX TV series here!
Alien 5 Movie
Alien 5 Movie Discuss Neill Blomkamps’s vision for Alien 5 here
Alien Movies
Alien Movies Discuss the Classic Alien Films
Alien: Romulus
Alien: Romulus Discuss the new Fede Alvarez Alien movie here
Prometheus Everything About Prometheus
Prometheus Fan Art
Prometheus Fan Art Artwork & Fiction From the Fans
Hot Forum Topics
New Forum Topics
Highest Forum Ranks Unlocked
89% To Next Rank
81% To Next Rank
NCC 1701
NCC 1701
27% To Next Rank
22% To Next Rank
17% To Next Rank
Latest Alien Fandom Activity

Alien: Covenant is a sequel to 2012's Prometheus as well as a prequel to 1979's ALIEN. Alien fans looking to know more about Alien: Covenant should check back often. is an information resource for film enthusiasts looking to learn more about the upcoming blockbuster Alien: Covenant. Providing the latest official and accurate information on Alien: Covenant, this website contains links to every set video, viral video, commercial, trailer, poster, movie still and screenshot available. This site is an extension of the Alien & Predator Fandom on Scified - a central hub for fans of Alien and Prometheus looking to stay up-to-date on the latest news. Images used are property of their respective owners. Alien: Covenant, Prometheus and its associated names, logos and images are property of 20th Century Fox and are in no way owned by Scified and its related entities. This is a fan-created website for the purpose of informing and exciting fans for Alien: Covenant's release. If you have any questions about this site, its content or the Scified Network in general, feel free to contact Scified directly.

© 2024
Sign in
Use your Scified Account to sign in

Log in to view your personalized notifications across Scified!

Jurassic World
Aliens vs. Predator
Latest Activity
Search Scified
Trending Articles
Blogs & Editorials