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what a scene has just taken place

Characteristic of the structural ingenuity of Frankenstein, its final scene is a recollected flashback. Chronologically speaking, this brief paragraph, with its self-reflexiveness about its own artistic imperitives and capacities, constitutes something of a final bow, the last words of a novel that, from end to end, has held a mirror up to its own operations as a primary example of the creation that is its theme.