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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
haven’t 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 doesn’t show it by caring for his
creation? This topic is known as the “Adam and Eve” theme. Now, let’s go into depth!

In my opinion, the most important death in the novel is Frankenstein’s 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, but then he deserted him because he was ashamed of the thing that he
had created. Upon birth of his creation, Frankenstein does not rejoice or reach out to
his child, but instead rushes out of the room, incredibly repulsed by the disgusting and
abnormal physical appearance of his creation. The birth itself is unlovingly described:
“I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open: it breathed hard and a convulsive motion
agitated its limbs.” This act completes his desertion of the monster. Indeed, many
parents follow this same pattern of neglect and abuse, sadly as Frankenstein did.

The monster greatly resembles God’s creation, Adam. The monster merely wanted to be
accepted by society or feel loved. He wanted an affectionate companion. Just the same
with Adam, and God gave him a companion Eve. Adam and Eve received the loving and caring
of a master. That is all that the monster wanted. Frankenstein couldn’t even bear to do
that. He couldn’t even stand the sight of the monster. Frankenstein virtually punished
the monster and the monster did nothing wrong. However, God punished Adam and Eve when
they violated the law, and even then, he didn’t desert them. The monster cannot be held
accountable for his abandonment, for he was forsaken and unloved from the moment he was
created. Frankenstein never processed any loving feelings for his creation. However, God
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