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, decline, and death are connoted as the moon wanes. Further, the moon is often seen as the mystical force that can transcend the inevitability of life and death. Consider, for example, the mythology surrounding werewolves and vampires, which come into being at night or only in the light of the moon. As...

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