What are some topic sentences for Frankenstein, in terms of the nature of humanity/what it is to be human?
I think that one of the primary distinctions about what it means to be human is the idea that creation and destruction are very closely linked. Victor's power of creation, in terms of being the "maker" of the monster," results in destruction. Residing in what he so wanted, there was a definite aspect of destruction present. What he so longed for and sought after resulted in becoming a source of resentment and intense desire for negation. This seems to be a reflection of the modern conception of tragedy in that the appropriation of the world in accordance to one's subjectivity results in a futile end, at best. Victor's narrative as well as his relationship with the monster ends up demonstrating how there is a dualism present in what human beings do, and being mindful of this becomes a part of consciousness.