The Parent-Child Relationship In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Read this paper or everyone you have ties to will be murdered, or at least that is the logic of the creatures in the Mary Shelley’s, “Frankenstein.” When the creature does not get all his requests meet he goes mad with rage. A child learns best from what its parents teach it, however the creature is deprived of the necessary parent-child relationship causing him to make immoral decisions and bring devastation to people around him. To begin, the parent-child relationship is proven to be vital to a child’s development. As said by a column in the Chicago Tribune about children getting disciplined, “It is totally appropriate for parents to have reasonable expectations for their children, and consequences if the children to not meet these expectations” …show more content…

According to Heidi Stevens, “Mentally beating them [children] down is very likely teaching them just one thing: how to do the same to others” (2). When the creature runs into Victors brother, William, in the novel, how William triggers him and announces his last name is also Frankenstein. While the creature is having a conversation with Victor, he admits to murdering William by telling Victor, “Frankenstein! You belong then to my enemy to him towards I have sworn eternal revenge; you shall be my first victim” (Shelley 126). The creature’s immediate reaction is to kill William. Murder is never justifiable and as a result of not having a relationship where Victor teaches the creature right from wrong, the creature does all he knows; which is hurting people. An identical reaction is seen in John Sharry’s article about a misbehaving four-year-old, “When I ask him why he does this he says he is angry and mad” (1). Even though their response to what they feel is drastically different, both the boy and the creature react in anger, which is interestingly suggesting that the creature is comparable to a …show more content…

Having been rejected time and time again, the creature still capable of feeling the most tender feelings and teaches himself the necessary skills of life and survival (Frankenstein without electricity: contextualizing Shelley's novel 16). How the creature does this is by spectating and observing the actions of others, that is how he learns he needs the relationship and love and does not get throughout the novel. Things eventually escalate and the creature is tired of being rejected. He goes to Victor demanding he be made a companion, a female creature. But as explained by an article, “His vow to exact hateful revenge is, of course, only reinforced when Victor refuses the creatures request for a mate” (“Responsibility of Frankenstein” 1). Devastating the creature and knowing just how scared Victor is of the creature he is irate. The creature additionally swears to “sever his enemy’s emotional and social ties by murdering all “whose existence[s] [are] bound [to Victor]” (“Responsibility of Frankenstein” 1). The creature has now promised to have his justice multiple times even if that means killing everyone Victor knows, which by now has been proven the creature is capable of. In the end, the creature did everything he could and then some to conquer his loneliness and desperation for justice all because he was not given that father son relationship. In conclusion, the lack of a parent-child

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