What similarities can be drawn between the novels Frankenstein and Never Let Me Go?

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Both novels contain elements of speculative fiction. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go both explore various themes through characters that do not exist in the real world. Frankenstein's creature is a supernatural figure, built from pieces of bodies and animated via a process only Frankenstein understands. The clones at Hailsham are futuristic beings that communicate a warning to readers about the potential dangers of medical and technological advancement.

Both novels explore the internal lives of supernatural beings. Both the creature and the clones have complex emotional lives and deep intellects, just like the humans they are intended to imitate. The creature feels rejection and abandonment deeply, and he is emotionally and psychologically damaged by the harshness he undeservedly experiences. The clones are as full of potential for emotional connection and expression as humans, and the art projects assigned to the clones as children demonstrate their potential...

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