Nurture In Frankenstein

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People are born and raised in different ways, which creates unique and different qualities about each person. Many parents have their own style of raising a child, which is based upon many techniques they think will prepare the child for life. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the topic of nurture is shown through many key aspects such as corruption through society, mainly exemplified through the Monster; the importance of parent-child relationships and how deeply education can affect a person’s outcome in life. As people grow up, they are faced with many challenges and obstacles that cause them to become independent and strong. Society is based upon many individuals that may or may not be accepted by others. As the Monster searches for…show more content…
They can also provide shelter, food and warmth. Victor would be classified as the Monster’s “mentor” in the novel, although he did fulfill the requirements. The monster is looking to be loved and respected by his creator, yet Victor wants absolutely nothing to do with the monster. Victor created the monster for his own self- pride, but then decided to leave it in the darkness to learn how to live on its own. Once the monster truly understood that he had been left by his creator, he felt betrayed and lost, as the monster says, “(…) I remember Adams’s supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him” (172) By Victor’s attitude and actions toward the Monster, he made his creation feel like he was betrayed. Similarly, an article talking about the separation of twins to see how they differ after a few years states that “For most of the traits measured, more than half the variation was found to be due to the influence of parents, leaving less than half determined by heredity.” (Goleman 1) This proves that lack of nurture given by Victor to the Monster, results in the outcome of the Monster’s behavior. The monster’s behavior is a clear reflection in the poor job Victor has done in providing nurture. The Monster turns to violence and killing to solve his lack of nurture and believes that revenge to Victor is the…show more content…
Literature is a large portion in education filled with many relatable themes and symbols. The Monster finds portmanteau with novels he is able to read. The Monster reads “Sorrows of Werter” which lead him to relate to how his protectors have treated him. “The disquisitions upon death and suicide were calculated to fill me with wonder. “(168) This novel gave the idea of suicide to the Monster which was inflicted upon being denied by everyone and not knowing his spot in humanity. As the Monster read “Paradise Lost” he connected to having a war with his creator, and believes that he was Victor’s “Satan”. Thinking in the role of Satan, the Monster kills Victor’s family, just like Satan took away God’s angels. The novel “Plutarch’s Lives” gave the monster some input on life. “The patriarchal lives of my protectors caused these impressions to take a firm hold on my mind; perhaps, if my first introduction to humanity had been made by a young soldier, burning for glory and slaughter, I should have been imbued with different sensations.” (170) The Monster finally found his reason for being on earth and he believes he found his spot in humanity. The Monster received several different views of life through his education by reading the novels. The nature- nurture argument has many aspects to it, which can make the argument go either way. Mary Shelley based her novel upon
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