Symbolism Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essay

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Frankenstein Essay
In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, there is a lot of symbolism. From symbolism about Fire to the Bible, it is a major theme of the book and that’s why I have chosen to write my paper about it, end of introductory paragraph I guess.
In the novel the Monster reads Paradise Lost and obsesses over it, thinking himself to be like Adam, considering he is the first of his kind and creation, and that is a large reason why he wants the doctor to make him a companion, even saying that he wishes to eat berries with her, like Adam and Eve. Victor also would be compared to God, as he is the creator and gave the creature life, some even saying he is a Christ figure considering his self sacrifice, but the creature is also compared to the fallen angel, or Satan and this is an expression to show of the duality of the two, showing that neither is abstractly good and neither is abstractly bad, they are capable of both good and evil, which is also known as the human condition.
The pursuit of knowledge is also a very important symbol at the heart of Frankenstein, as Victor attempts to surge beyond predetermined human limits and find the secret of life. Likewise, Robert Walton attempts to surpass previous human explorations by endeavoring to reach the North Pole. This ruthless pursuit of knowledge, of the light, proves dangerous, as Victor’s act of creation eventually results in the destruction of everyone dear to him, and Walton finds himself perilously trapped between…

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