How is the moon important in Frankenstein?

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For the Creature, the Moon can be considered a corollary symbol. It starts as a simple object of pleasure for the creature, a symbol of comfort, and develops into a reflection of his own state of being over the course of the novel. Just as the light of the moon shifts in its monthly orb, so too does the Creature try to connect with Victor in the light, only to meet chaos and fear in the darkness.

However, the moon symbolizes the thematic concerns of the novel as well. The moon, for example, is a symbol of the rhythms of life: youth, abundance, and growth are connoted as the moon waxes, and aging,...

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The moon is also often known as a feminim figure. This emphasises the lack of women in Frankenstein's creation as he makes an artifical creation (themes of Romanticism and also masturbation). Therefore the moon is representative of women's absence in this creation and the failure in this creation portrays the wrongness of this method of creation.

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The moon creates a gothic mood in the story Frankenstein. It is also very closely tied to the monster. When the monster is close the moon shines bright. The moon almost acts as a warning that the monster is near or something is about to happen. For example, prior to Elizabeth being murdered the author describes the moons presence. It is as if the moon shining was bringing our attention to the fact that the monster was about to murder Elizabeth. This is just one of many examples that lets the reader know that the monster is going to appear soon.

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