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Life, Consciousness, and Existence
As Victor is the creator of his monster, this plot instantly recalls the much broader implications of the human condition and the relationship between man and God. The relationship between Victor a...
Frankenstein is in one sense the literary manifestation of an entire population’s fear of scientific advancement. It serves both as a reflection of present times and a warning for the future....
In Frankenstein, beauty is considered a virtue of the good, while deformity and ugliness are automatically associated with evil. Because of this stigma, the monster’s outward defects prevent...
In Frankenstein, revenge becomes the solution for both Victor and his monster. While these two characters relentlessly pursue revenge against each other, they stand in contrast to other characters...
In Frankenstein, family becomes the counterpart to loneliness, which in turn is the primary impetus for evil. Family is seen as a solution to the destruction that the monster imposes on Victor. He...
Exploration of the physical world serves as a metaphor for intellectual inquiry and discovery. Exploration is portrayed as dangerous and threatening to life, rather than as something simply good an...
Language and Communication
Frankenstein is full of questions of communication and language. The story itself is built as a story within a story within a story. Letters form the frame for personal narratives. Communication it...
Compassion and Forgiveness
Most of the characters in Frankenstein seem to lack compassion entirely. The monster alone shows compassion and kindness, attributes that are soon ruined by the world around him. Frankenstein furth...
In Frankenstein, self-sacrifice is a god-like characteristic. It becomes the only way that Victor, our tragic, fallen hero, is able to redeem himself at the end of the text. Yet his self-sacrifice...
Lies and Deceit
Deception in the form of secrecy is one of Victor’s fatal flaws. His inability to share his secret about the monster brings the destruction of those he loves. Further, this loss of family and...
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