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It is evident that the themes in Frankenstein are by no accident I will take a philosophical look at three themes that interest and stand out most to me Death as we know it is inevitable Mary Shelley incorporates death into her piece in a way that I havent seen before It takes a role in nearly every other aspect of the novel Another theme is just the opposite of death life Frankenstein becomes obsessed with learning about death and then he becomes obsessed with prolonging or creating life He wishes to bring a huge scientific discovery that will enlighten the world and of course he fails at that task Not only does he fail at that he brings destruction turmoil and despair on himself and amongst his family and friends Frankenstein wanting to do good and having good intentions but ending up doing nothing good is called the Prometheus theme However he does succeed at creating life Even then after he created life he abandoned it How could he bring enlightenment to the world if he doesnt show it by caring for his creation This topic is known as the Adam and Eve theme Now lets go into depthIn my opinion the most important death in the novel is Frankensteins mother Her death triggered the bitterness and depression that arose in Frankenstein and influenced him to study death His despair took over and he took it to the extreme He actually became obsessed with death He spent 3 years at Ingolstadt studying death He said To examine the causes of life we must first have recourse to death He examined the skeleton of the dead and he even studied the natural decaying cycle During this period of study he wanted to create life and bring a creature into the world that would bring joy over the great accomplishment of creating a life He was trying to be God-like He succeeded at creating the life
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