I think it's the man vs machine idea, through technological evolution. The ones you always see in movies, man makes a robot, the robot eventually takes over, starts a war. Where did this idea first come from? The idea of robots has been along for ages.
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
Prometheus' relation to the novel can be interpreted in a number of ways. The Titan in the Greek mythology of Prometheus parallels Victor Frankenstein. Victor's work by creating man by new means reflects the same innovative work of the Titan in creating humans. Victor, in a way, stole the secret of creation from God just as the Titan stole fire from heaven to give to man. Both the Titan and Victor get punished for their actions. Victor is reprimanded by suffering the loss of those close to him and having the dread of himself getting killed by his creation.
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