Parents And Childhoods In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein and his Creations tone toward their Creators Mary Shelley's theme for Frankenstein is the neglectful and obsessive aspirations of parents manifest into reality and contribute towards the destiny of their creations and children. Shelley conveys this idea by creating two main characters with expressive portrayals of their contradicting parents and childhoods. Victor Frankenstein is born into an aristocratic family who love him dearly. As a child Victor's mother sees it as a necessity to “[present] Elizabeth to me as her promised gift”(Shelley 21). Victor's mother's gift of another creation acts as a true testament to Victors mothers love. Victor looking back on his childhood describes it as “Throughout every hour of my [infancy] I received a lesson of patience,charity, and self-control” (Shelley …show more content…

Firstly Contrasting the Love of his parents Victor becomes cold and hateful towards his creation eventually forcing his creation to reciprocate. The Monster meets a child in the woods and being inflamed with rage he “grasps his throat to silence him and in a moment lay dead at my feet” (Shelley 131). Due to the suffering he endures at Victor's hand he harms an innocent child forever tainting The Monster. The Monster escapes due to Victor's initial reaction and seeks refuge in the woods and begins to wonder “where were my friends and relations? No father watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses” (Shelley 109). Without the guidance of Victor the creation has no means of obtaining answers to questions he desires. As The Monster finishes his story he “demands a creature of the opposite sex”(Shelley 135). The Monster demands Victor to comply to his solution so that the turmoil Victor causes him can end. Victor by neglecting his creation is responsible for the turmoil and suffering that the creation

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