Write a well structured paragraph examining how imagery is used to successfully illustrate one of the following themes in Frankenstein: -love and hate -mortality or ethics -revenge and retributive justice -fragility of life -acceptance or tolerance -loneliness

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A well-structured paragraph that advances an argument, as this assignment requires, is generally built around a thesis statement, which is usually the topic sentence. Subsequent sentences will provide the evidence that supports the thesis. Each specific point may be substantiated by a quotation from the text. It is important to...

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A well-structured paragraph that advances an argument, as this assignment requires, is generally built around a thesis statement, which is usually the topic sentence. Subsequent sentences will provide the evidence that supports the thesis. Each specific point may be substantiated by a quotation from the text. It is important to explain which components of the quoted text are significant rather than simply include large blocks of unanalyzed text.

Mary Shelley’s novel includes imagery in relationship to all of the listed themes, so one may assume that any of the options will yield substantial material about which to write.

The theme of revenge is an important component of the creature’s behavior after he learns that Victor Frankenstein created and abandoned him, and of their subsequent interactions. When Victor learns what the creature has done, he is possessed by the desire to inflict revenge (Chapter 9). Victor uses images related to both his own and the creature’s physical beings, and imagines throwing him off a high mountain peak.

When I thought of him, I gnashed my teeth, my eyes became inflamed, and I ardently wished to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed. When I reflected on his crimes and malice, my hatred and revenge burst all bounds of moderation. I would have made a pilgrimage to the highest peak of the Andes, could I, when there, have precipitated him to their base. I wished to see him again, that I might wreak the utmost extent of abhorrence on his head….

When Victor and his creation meet up again, the creature explains to him the relationship between revenge and justice, again using bodily imagery related to the mouth (Chapter 10).

"Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind. If you will comply with my conditions, I will leave them and you at peace; but if you refuse, I will glut the maw of death, until it be satiated with the blood of your remaining friends.

The themes of loneliness and the closely related alienation are exemplified by the creature’s condition. The creature explains his loneliness in terms of the environment where he walks and lives (Chapter 10). Recurring images related to coldness are literally and metaphorical references to his isolation; these include the “glaciers” through which he wanders and “caves of ice” where he dwells.

[B]ut am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow-creatures, who owe me nothing? They spurn and hate me. The desert mountains and dreary glaciers are my refuge. I have wandered here many days’ the caves of ice, which I only do not fear, are a dwelling to me, and the only one which man does not grudge.

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