There are several themes that I noticed in Frankenstein, which one is the central theme is debatable.
Here are just a few themes I saw:
1.Creator vs. Created,
4.Ramifications of “playing God”
Is it implicit or explicit?
1. Implicit-The Creator vs. Created theme is never explicitly stated, but the ramifications demonstrated by the story are huge.
2.Explicit?-Both the monster and Frankenstein call themselves slaves to the other at different times, thus I would say it is a mostly explicit theme. (Although this is the central theme.)
3.Explicit-Frankenstein is guilt ridden throughout most of the book. He is horrified and tormented by what he has done and allowed to happen and states this multiple times.
4. Implicit-The ramifications of “playing God” is a key theme that gives the work a purpose. The demonstration of what can happen when man tries to put himself in God’s place is an important aspect of Frankenstein, but it is never clearly stated.
To what extent is this a “formula story”?
I can see how this could be considered both a formula story as well as not a formula story. It follows the tragedy line where one man’s actions lead to his, and others’ devastating destruction. Besides this point though, I think Shelley’s story is rather unique.
Please feel free to comment, disagree, agree and discuss Frankenstein and my comments!