Frankenstein Nature Vs Nurture Analysis

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Nature versus nurture is one of our society’s oldest philosophical debates. Famous intellectuals from John Locke to Renee Descartes have contested both sides of this debate for centuries. Some believe that personal development is determined by one’s DNA, while others deem that behavioral characteristics are the results of one’s overall environment and upbringing. In the novel, Frankenstein, Mary Shelley contributes to this debate by extensively exploring the notion that an individual’s character and actions are greatly influenced by their experiences within society. Shelley reasons that the monster’s character deficiencies are due to society’s inclination to judge individuals based on appearance and Victor’s shortcomings as a parent, rather than the monster itself being intrinsically evil.…show more content…
Victor’s initial reaction to the monster is one of utter disgust and abhorrence. Immediately after the creature comes to life, Victor is filled with, “breathless horror and disgust.” (Shelley 35) He continues to denounce the creature stating, “Oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch … it became a think such as even Dante could not have conceived.” (Shelley 36) This sort of instantaneous, shallow judgement of the monster leads to neglect and causes the naïve creature to roam Europe without any parental guidance or support, and showcases the superficiality within
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