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snow and frost are banished

Fanciful representations of the North Pole as an edenic clime, however nonsensical they might appear in the light of modern science, are fairly common in early mythology. Percy Bysshe Shelley, writing contemporaneously with Frankenstein, stages part of the first canto of The Revolt of Islam in such a polar paradise derived from Indian sources. The oxymoronic combination of fire and ice is a conspicuous feature of the edenic paradise of Xanadu in Coleridge's "Kubla Khan," published in 1816 and read that summer in the Geneva circle as Mary Shelley began writing Frankenstein. A strongly ironic version of this coexistence of opposites informs the Creature's plans for his self-destruction in the penultimate paragraph of the novel (Walton 16).