Victor Frankenstein: Absent Parent Essay, Research Paper
Victor Frankenstein: An Absent Parent The animal: The Rejected Child & # 8220 ; You seek for cognition and wisdom, as I one time did ; and I ardently hope that the satisfaction of your wants may non be a snake to biting you, as mine has been & # 8230 ; & # 8221 ; -Victor Frankenstein Mary Shelley & # 8217 ; s Frankenstein, focuses on the result of one adult male & # 8217 ; s, viz. Victor Frankenstein & # 8217 ; s desires of dabbling with nature, which consequence is in the creative activity of his animal. Unlike Victor was non doomed to failure from his initial want to transgress the natural bounds of human cognition. Rather, it was his hapless & # 8220 ; rearing & # 8221 ; of his offspring, that lead to his creative activity & # 8217 ; s thirst for the exoneration of his unfair life. His failure in the creative activity of his & # 8220 ; kid, & # 8221 ; is specifically the animal & # 8217 ; s monster-like character and Victor & # 8217 ; s ain tragic life and terminal. As a & # 8220 ; hero, & # 8221 ; Victor is a hero related to Prometheus Satan and ; they were all heroic in their revolutions yet hapless in their fates. However, Frankenstein rebelled but failed in the full executing of that rebellion by neglecting to follow through, i.e. neglecting to rear his creative activity, the end and direct consequence of such a rebellion ; therefore he created a & # 8220 ; monster & # 8221 ; through his absence of nurturing and love for his progeny.The universe was to me a secret which I desired to divine. Curiosity, earnest research to larn the concealed Torahs of nature, gladfulness kindred to rapture, as they are unfolded to me, are among the earliest esthesis I can retrieve ( Shelley, p. 22 ) . I at one time gave up my former businesss, set down natural history. . . as a deformed and stillborn creative activity, and entertained the greatest contempt for a would-be-science which could ne’er step within the threshold of existent cognition ( Shelley, p. 27 ) . His destiny seem to be fixed from his initial determination to establish into his quest ; Shelley writes, & # 8220 ; Destiny was excessively powerful, and her changeless Torahs had decreed my utter and awful devastation ( Shelley, p. 27 ) . & # 8221 ; Originally, Frankenstein had planned to utilize the consequences of his probes to assist mankind ; but this focal point shortly transmuted into an across-the-board compulsion to execute the impossible for its ain interest. Therefore, Frankenstien did non take into history that he would be responsible for the end of his surveies, viz. the raising, protection and attention of the creative activity. He surely did non adequately fix himself for parentage. Victor was merely concerned with the agencies instead than the terminals of his ambitious escapades of cognition and find.
The animal does non have love. Despite these unfortunate beginnings, the animal supposes that he was good, despite the absence of parenting and counsel until he encountered society. The animal learns how to talk and the dogmas of morality and virtuousness through observation of the De Lacey household. This
learning of language enlarges his intellectual capacities. He also reads their library which includes both classical and modern works. However, this education only brings grief to the creature as he says, “. . . sorrow only increased with knowledge. Oh, that I had forever remained in my native wood (Shelley, p.105).” The creature did receive an excellent education which only spoiled him from his state as a “natural man.” His is also concerned about the negative impact from the absence of motherly love and he demonstrated that through the creature’s destructive mentality. To return to a biblical reference, Frankenstein resembles Eve through the creation of the monster. Discovering knowledge, as Eve does by eating the apple or Frankenstein’s pursuing “nature to her hiding places,” they both enter into their enterprises without prior knowledge of whattheir actions may entail, Victor knows not “eating death.” Frankenstein admits that the creation of his “child” was an accident and mistake (Shelley,p. 42). Unlike an usual parent who would care about a deformed child in the same way, Frankstein rejects his “child” and all of his parental responsibility. Victor is an abuser. Indeed, many parents follow this same standart of neglect and abuse, as Victor does. Ironically, the creature’s first murder victim is a small girl which he wishes to adopt. Indeed, Victor wishes that his creation die: “I gnashed my teeth, my eyes became inflamed, and I ardently wished to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed (Shelley, p.76). Shelley explores the fate of the abandoned child, the direct result of faulty parenting. The creature is aware of the absence of a parent in his life. His connectionwith the De Laceys, moves him from his “natural state,” displays to him the family, exposes him to education, and to the laws and customs of society. The creature understands his separation from society. The creature describes his fate:” . . . I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endowed with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome. . . .I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me.” (Shelley, p. 105) Frankenstein never realizes the results of his probing actions. He could only see the excitement and challenge to their ultimate goals. Frankenstein should have paid more attention to his decisions. Probably Victor was not in an emotionally healthy state of mind when he created his child. The journey from Frankenstein’s beginnings to his role as a neglectful parent, is a deep exploration within the novel. On my opinion Mary Shelley did a great job not only by writing an excellent novel but also researching in psychology of “un-mothered” child who had more pain than pleasure during his short life. However Shelley’s novel is a masterpiece in the world literature of horror.