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Why does Shelley make so much of knowledge and discovery?
To show the dangers of what might happen if knowledge and discovery are put to bad use.
She wanted people to learn new things from her book.
People were interested in these things at the time she was writing.
Why's isolation an important theme?
So no one finds out what Victor is doing.
So comparisons can be made between the three narrators.
To show how isolation can lead to tragedy.
What's Shelley's opinion of justice in the 19th century?
Sometimes good people suffer, but bad people are eventually brought to justice.
Justice is unnecessarily cruel and breeds more injustice than it prevents.
It's harsh but fair.
What's the story's overall message?
Not to build monsters.
Not to act for yourself alone and hope for personal glory, but to think about the greater good of mankind.
If you do something wrong, you can't escape punishment.