What theme does the poem, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," share with the novel Frankenstein?

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The theme of Wordsworth's poem, "Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey," revolves around the relationship between man and nature. Essentially, the poem illuminates the importance of one's awareness regarding a need for a symbiotic relationship between man and nature. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein does this as well.

Victor, in his frantic need to reanimate life, forgets about the delicate balance between man and nature. Victor, because of his obsession, fails to recognize that certain lines should not be crossed. Out of desperation, Victor takes away the natural aspects of "birth" and ignores how things should be done (in nature).

Therefore, while Wordsworth's poem illuminates the relationship, Shelley's novel ignores it. The tie between the poem and the novel are meant to highlight what Victor should have recognized: nature's omnipotence, not man's.


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