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In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelly conveys evidence that strongly supports the fact that one's surroundings and experiences help shape them. However, at the same time, the novel also shows that if one experiences a "normal" or "all American life", their mind may wander, as a result they may have many urges to experience something supernatural or abnormal. Furthermore, it seems that the novel is trying to convey a point that maybe in the long run a truly sheltered childhood or lifestyle may cause a certain curiosity and longing that could lead to destruction and mayhem later in life.

In the start of our story Victor was somewhat sheltered and was able to experience a life with an angelic figure as a mother and a sensitive and supportive father. However, the death of Victor's mother Caroline is said to be his motivation to create life; to some this maybe where Victor's life takes a drastic turn. Soon after Caroline's death Victor departs for Inolstadt; he begins to become even more fascinated with science and the concept of life. In brief, Victor collects parts from dead corpses and puts in may hours of work, this results in the creation of an abnormal creature and the beginning of Victor's transformation. Victor becomes disgusted by his creation and by life itself; things he once enjoyed now bring him no peace or tranquility at all. For instance, Victor was once calmed by nature; however, after his creation was created, Victor seemed paranoid, guilty, and bothered by the rainy and cloudy weather and the overall appearance of the outdoors. Victor's state of guilt and paranoia is due to the fact that his creature has been set out into the world and has claimed the life of two innocent people.

In the novel Frankenstein, Mary...


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...ot use his newly found motivation responsibly and by the middle of our novel the death of his mother is seemingly microscopic compared to the problem that he has to deal with in regards to his creation. Following his mother's death, Victor began to change and with those changes he also felt the need to be worshipped and as a result he creates a monster that he runs from and sees as a burden, however, the monster recognizes Victor as his creator, but Victor remains disgusted and somewhat afraid of what he created. This causes the monster to seek out his revenge. In the end Victor is in fact a coward, he is also selfish and irresponsible due to the fact that every emotion and transformation he experiences can be trace back to the moment where he went to the extreme and sought our Godly powers andd not only created his monster, but transformed into a monster himself.



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