Victor Frankenstein Nature Vs Nurture Analysis

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Across literature, authors capture the struggle of people finding their true purpose. In Mary W. Shelley’s gothic novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein and his creation, the Creature, both come from different experiences but ultimately share the same desire in seeking revenge. This desire from the Creature and Victor stems from the failures that they find from their purpose and despite the differences they both face, the two characters parallel one another in this way.
The time at which the novel was written, political change was taking its stand. Ideologies that were created by John Locke and Thomas Hobbes clashed with one another. John Locke, an influential English enlightenment philosopher, believed that human beings are not evil by nature. Locke believed that human beings become evil choice after being socialized into their community, which is the person 's nurture. If a human is socialized with goodness, then, humans would not be evil, but if a human has been nurtured in evil and selfishness, the person will have malice within them. Thomas Hobbes, who was also a philosopher at the time, believed in the very opposite of what John Locke preached. Hobbes believed that humans are just born with malevolence and selfishness embedded within their very nature (Bogdon). John Locke’s idea of nature versus nurture is seen throughout the novel with the character Victor Frankenstein and the Creature as they pave their life to their end with revenge.
The decline of Victor
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