What are the essential highlights of Frankenstein?

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The nature of the question is very broad.  You might see this moved to the "Discussions" section because so many will have many different takes on this.  In my mind, one of the most intense highlights is the thematic development of how construction and destruction are closely linked.  Shelley's work...

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The nature of the question is very broad.  You might see this moved to the "Discussions" section because so many will have many different takes on this.  In my mind, one of the most intense highlights is the thematic development of how construction and destruction are closely linked.  Shelley's work is powerful because it highlights how the powers of construction and the ability to create lie so very close to the ability to destroy and cause pain and suffering.  I think that this is developed in both Victor and the monster.  Both of them represent this theme in different ways.  In doing so, Shelley brings out the complexity in what was previously seen as a binary dualism.  The ambiguity and ability to perceive that which is complex is one of the highlights of the novel.  It is one that helps to describe the modern setting with advances in science and industrialization taking place in Europe and, eventually, all over the world.  Shelley's development of this theme has to serve as one of the novel's highlights because it becomes so vital in both its understanding and the modern setting, in general.

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