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the Bible

Although Frankenstein makes almost no overt reference to conventional western religions, the biblical account of the creation in Genesis 1-3 resonates continually within the text, so much so that the novel itself, like Milton's Paradise Lost before it, implicitly aspires to the mythic level of that resonance. Thus, even if there are none of the customary gestures to religious values that one might expect of a novel in its period, the most fundamental of religious questions may be thought to be at stake here.