Parenting is needed in every child’s life. It is one of the most important things that will help a child grow. In the same way though, children need good parenting. Parents need to love their children and show them right from wrong. Without care from a parent, children may feel lost or lonely like the monster did in Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein. Shelley analyzes the psychology of parenting through Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the monster, by comparing their behavioral and psychological development as a result of the parenting they receive in their childhood. Because Victor was loved and had a great childhood, he was able to grow as a person, psychologically and emotionally. As though Victor had a good childhood,
One does not simply “play God” in this world, that role is more than just a dress up and act thing. Many people say that Victor in the novel Frankenstein tries to “play God” which is absolutely true. As the novel progresses the characteristics of the creator “playing God” become more obvious to the eye of the reader. Victor “plays the Lord” when he creates the creature, when he decides what to do with the orders of the creature, and when the monster creates the connection when reading the book Paradise Lost.
In chapter 4, of Frankenstein, Victor has the ambition to discover how life begins. He starts to study anatomy and physiology, this pushes him to find out how life works. He is so intrigued by this that he becomes obsessed. Victor Frankenstein states, “Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay, forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses” (Shelley 30). In this Victor is describing how he spent his free time. He would go to cemeteries and break into vault and observe and record data on decaying bodies. He does this for the next two years, finally he finds the way to give animation to a lifeless matter. He is so encouraged by his discovery that he wants to actually preform the experiment on a decayed lifeform.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein examines how the presence of a mother, negatively or positively, affects the development of a child. Victor’s mother, Caroline Frankenstein, dies while Victor is still a young man (he is about 17 years old), breaking their relationship between mother and son. Because Victor loses his bond with his mother, he is unable to act as a mother would when he creates his creature. Caroline Frankenstein’s absence in Victor’s life creates a disunion between the mother and child bond, which is evident in Victor’s creation and his fragmented relationship with the creature.
In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein spends two whole years toiling to create a being which is comprised of the body parts of various dead corpses, for the purposes of science. Finally, he creates the “monster”, who commits a multitude of crimes, resulting in the deaths of many innocent people.These horrific murders raise many questions concerning who is to be held accountable. Victor walked away from the situation he created instead of facing his actions. If he had chosen to stay this could have prevented the heinous crimes committed by the monster as a result of Victor’s mental and emotional Neglect. Victor Frankenstein is guilty of not only negligence, but also the crimes the monster commits as they were a direct result
Victor’s parental figures in Frankenstein poison him by surrounding him with countless indulgences. From childhood, Victor was given all of his desires without question and this led to him becoming self-centered and dependent on the service of others. Victor describes his childhood with
Aristotle once said that "A man doesn 't become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall" (Carlson). In Frankenstein, many argue that Victor Frankenstein himself is indeed the tragic hero of the novel. I believe that the creation of Victor Frankenstein (the monster) is the actual tragic hero. There are several components to being a tragic hero, two of the most important are their tragic flaw, and the component of a tragedy or a tragic ending to the story. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is without a doubt tragic through many characters in different ways, but in my eyes, the creature is the character that sticks out with the most characteristics of a tragic hero.
Such passion is seen in Victor’s ‘noble intent’ to design a being that could contribute to society, but he had overextended himself, falling under the spell of playing ‘God,’ further digging his grave as he is blinded by glory. His creation – aptly called monstrous being due to its stature, appearance, and strength – proved to be more of a pure and intellectually disposed ‘child’ that moves throughout the novel as a mere oddity, given the short end of the stick in relation to a lack of familial figures within his life, especially that of parents. Clearly, Victor Frankenstein had sealed his fate: by playing God he was losing his humanity, ultimately becoming the manifestation of Mary Shelley’s hidden desires, deteriorating into The Lucifer Principle by which the author Howard Bloom notes social groups, not individuals, as the primary “unit of selection” in human psychological
Firstly, I will give information about Frankenstein 's topic. The main character Victor Frankenstein was born in Switzerland, in the town of Geneva. He is a very hardworking and curious. He comes from long-established and very rich family. He has got two brothers: Ernest and William. His parents loved each other very much, and he learnt from the example of their love. He learnt that to love and to be patient are the most important things in the world. His mother took the little girl into their family. Her name was Elizabeth. Elizabeth became the daughter that his mother had always wanted. As Frankenstein grew older, his love for Elizabeth became stronger all the time. One of these days, his mother died. Everybody was very sorry this event. After
Victor dies after making Walton promise to finish his quest. Walton closes the story in a few more letters for his sister, telling her about how the monster came the night of Victor’s death. The monster lamented over his creator’s death and told Walton about his struggles. He also tells Walton of his plans to burn himself on an enormous pier, and jumps out the window onto a floating slab of ice and disappears into the
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
Frankenstein and his monster throughout chapters 17-21, face massive amounts of inner turmoil which ultimately result in the two male figures spiraling into a reality characterized by darkness, deceit and lunacy. Mary Shelley aligning with Rousseau’s philosophy paints a world in which we are bound to the stark expectations of humanity. When Victors ventures off on his own, he time after time fails to make the right decision, further endangering all he holds near. Set on independence and isolation he marches to the beat of his own drum only to find himself trapped in world of guilt and sorrow. Although he countlessly rejects the help of others, his loved ones temporarily provide his soul with meager respites from the incessant whine of his own counsions. Frankenstein's monster on the other hand does not have the luxury of being raised in a well nurturing, loving community. While Victor’s isolation is voluntary, his is a consequence of his horrific exterior. Dealing with rejection from the society around him and a utter lack of companionship he fights for a reality in which he can find someone to love him the way he sees other beings being loved. He longs to “feel the affection of a sensitive being and became linked to the chain of existence and events from which I
Margaret brought her stretching to an abrupt pause, upon becoming aware of another’s presence, as both of her hands were held at high noon. She slowly turned her head in a seemingly fearful manner, as if she was in anticipation of another’s arrival, while simultaneously and slowly lowering her arms to their original clasped position about her kneecaps. I cautiously, yet satirically, raised my hands so that they were level with my chest, where my palms flashed towards Margaret, to grant her acknowledgement of who I was and to let her know that I didn’t mean any harm, almost as if she was some sort of feral creature. She released a deep sigh upon registering whom I was, of which I returned with subtle laughter, as I continued towards her before
In Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s creature battles a perpetual misery as a result of a quality he has no control over – his appearance and its relation to evil. His malicious actions reflect “vices [that] are the child of a forced solitude that [he abhors]” (Shelley 121). There are multiple instances where Victor Frankenstein’s monster portrays an evil demon, not by his actions but because of his physical attributes. Shelley exploits this characterization as a representation of society’s natural instinct to link beauty with goodness Additionally, Shelley argues the nature of goodness is not bound to a superficial condition but rather on a basis of compassion and virtuous actions.
Throughout the course of this novel, we are introduced to two main characters that serve as an alter-ego of each other. These characters are Victor Frankenstein, the primary protagonist in the novel and his creation, the monster, who acts as a secondary protagonist. Besides from these two characters being connected to one another as seeming like they are two different parallels, they each undergo changes as time lapses, which we see begin to express the true nature behind the context of their individual characters as well. When examining Frankenstein from a psychological point of view,