Frankenstein: Symbols

Symbolism of light and fire

(Prometheus)

  • Represents the duality of progress and innovation
  • “country of eternal light”
  • “a sudden light … so brilliant and wondrous”
  • “light pressed upon [the Monster’s] nerves”
  • “Spark of being”
Exploration
  • Walton’s quest
  • “perpetual splendour”
  • Frankenstein’s intellectual quest
  • Cautionary tale, allegory
  • Warning against scientific revolution

 

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