In our first four chapters, we have repeatedly come up against the combination of suggestive richness and interpretative uncertainty that characterizes Frankenstein. The characters work in combinations rather than as individuals, and their psychologies raise multiple unanswered questions. The significance of major elements of the text such as nature and science remains many-stranded and inconsistent, and resists interpretation despite a plethora of powerful suggestions. The same applies to the text’s analysis of society, which is radical and powerful, but applicable in several ways and several contexts. Despite a backdrop and fable ideally suited to symbolic meaning, we were not able to develop a consistent, interpretable symbolic role except for the daemon; and, we could not link one symbolic meaning to another, in order to build a sense of symbolism in the text as a whole.
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