The Importance Of Parenting In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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As children, we imagine what we will one day become and all of the accomplishments we will achieve, but what if this opportunity were stripped from our grasps by the people we deem most important? What if the people meant to offer guidance and support were to abandon us? In “Parent-Child Tensions in Frankenstein: The Search for Communion” by Laura Claridge, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and “The Childhood Trauma” by Alice Miller, we see the significance of parental affection. Whether it is abuses or embraces that we face, they make an impact on the person that we will transform into, so in Frankenstein when Victor Frankenstein despised his masterpiece and chose to flee, it altered the creature’s entire development. Despite the importance of…show more content…
“I have devoted my creator, the select specimen of all that is worthy of love and admiration among men, to misery; I have pursued him even to that irremediable ruin.” (Shelley 275). Finally, his transformation into the monster he was instantly labeled to become was complete because society and his own maker were not willing to give him the possibility of redemption. We are all presented with labels at different periods throughout our lives, redefining, altering, or eradicating them. So, why could the creature not do this for himself and cause society to somehow accept him? Desolate and desperate for the affections of another, it led the creature to make irrational decisions from rage. I am not stating or arguing that the creature was innocent in the crimes he committed, or that he was not aware of what was occurring as he gripped to his victims’ throats and ceased their breathing. I am simply voicing that he is not the only being with guilt. Near the end, he no longer desired for all of society’s acceptance, but merely one person’s. His entire tale, as it is now told, could have been wholly different and avoidable if he would have received what he longed
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