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Mary Shelleys work is symbolic Symbols are meant to be explored with ever increasing depth rather than simply defined What you envision as the central theme of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein will likely be governed by the interpretive lens you view the novel with rather than some unquestionable meaning revealed by the text itself Instead of advocating any one theme I would suggest that you explore your critical and imaginative abilities so that you can see the text in a multitude of ways In this manner you will be attempting to see the most it can mean rather than trying to condense the novel into a single summary Below I suggest different avenues into the text that locate the central thrust of it in different ways Frankenstein can be seen as a prophetic statement against the pride that accompanies technological or scientific knowledge Victor Frankenstein becomes intoxicated with the possibilities of modern science He is so inflated and consumed with the knowledge of how to animate a human creature that he doesnt consider the morality or even the aesthetics He is so absorbed in the minutia of his experiments that he creates each section of the Creature with care without considering the total effect How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavored to form His limbs were in proportion and I had selected his features as beautiful Beautiful- Great God His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath his hair was of a lustrous black and flowing his teeth of a pearly whiteness but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set Carroll 2 his shriveled complexion and straight black lips I had worked hard for nearly two years for the sole
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