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Frankenstein, although being fairly old, portrays many themes out of which Death and Isolation are the main themes. Other themes are Guilt, Imagination, Horror, Science Fiction and also playing God.

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Frankenstein Rishikesh Dhoot In Mary Shelley's book, Frankenstein, there are many themes present throughout the book. In the introduction there is a theme of mystery as the story is just about to start. As Victor Frankenstein's story unfolds, we see his family life, research, and soon his obsession for his new occupation, that is, solving the problem of Death. He wants to make a being by himself and, he is a man who believes in his goals and will go to any limits to achieve them. Death is introduced for the first time when it is described how Victor's mother had died. Death is one of the major themes of this text. As Victor tries to play God and creates another being he does not realise that he is doing something wrong, something that only God is allowed to do. He creates a being which is eight feet in height and extremely strong built. It is extremely fearsome looking as its body is large and face distorted. As he has brought him to life, Victor, instead of trying to take care of it and helping it to survive in this world, Victor runs out of his house, leaving the 'monster' that he has created to live by itself. ...read more.

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He is extremely eloquent and surprisingly can speak in English. The monster begins to narrate the incidents that took place in his life as soon as they are seated in his cave. As his story unfolds, the second major theme, Alienation, is brought out. Firstly, the narrator uses the word 'monster' to describe his creation. The creature describes how, in search of food he finds a hut and enters it. There, his presence causes and old man to scream and run away in fear. As he walks in the village the people flee as soon as they see him. He is saddened and feels isolated in this world and vows to stay away from humans. He says disappointedly that he was not born evil, nor is corruption his fault. He only becomes so violent when he was shunned, beaten and persecuted by the selfish human race. He saves a girl from drowning and he is shot. The monster, when looked superficially, is an ugly and gigantic beast, which is extremely cruel and heartless. But on looking more closely and deeply we realise that he is just a poor soul, who is trying to fit into this world, but he is beaten and cursed and chased. He says that he is the only one of his kind and so the society refuses to accept him. ...read more.

Conclusion

On his wedding night Victor tells Elizabeth to retire early and is outside his house waiting for the monster. He then realises that it is not him the monster wanted to kill but Elizabeth. He rushes into the room only to see his newlywed wife, dead. Soon his father also dies and he is left alone to face the world. He promises that he will destroy the monster he has created even if that leads to his death. He sails with his friend, Walton, in search of the monster, but soon, even he dies on board. The monster is found weeping in the room where his creator's corpse is lying. He is overcome by grief as he realises that it was his fault that his creator and his family have all died. He asks for forgiveness and says that even he will die shortly now. So saying, he jumps off the ship into his small vessel and disappears. The score seems to end on a diminished chord, but then resolves to a major signifying conclusion, although it is still a heavy ending. In conclusion, Frankenstein, although being fairly old, portrays many themes out of which Death and Isolation are the main themes. Other themes are Guilt, Imagination, Horror, Science Fiction and also playing God. These themes are seen throughout the book, which is what makes it enjoyable and attention grabbing. Words - 1,675 ...read more.

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