Victor could not help but become of his nature. Being in a family such as his, he must uphold a certain standard. Victor had much envy for power. However, the power that he received was too much for him to handle. “I had worked…for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body… I had desired it with ardor that far exceeded moderation,”(Shelly) Victor states.
Frankenstein's parents were very loving and he states that “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself” but he was only able to love them after seeing “other families [he] distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate [his] lot was” (34). Frankenstein was loved by his family but he was emotionally unattached from them and was only able to feel gratitude towards his loving family. When Frankenstein knew his mother had passed he was not affected by her loss and thought that his family should “learn to think [themselves] fortunate” (41). The person that gave him life had passed but Frankenstein never developed an intimate connection to her and was more concerned about his desire for knowledge. Frankenstein also runs from the chance at having a father son relationship in favor of a God and creation relationship when he rejects the “one hand [that the creature] stretched out” (56).
In January 1818, for example, The Quarterly Review called Frankenstein ‘a kind-hearted parent’ who suffers trying ‘to defeat the procreative propensities of his ungracious child [the monster]’ (379). Therefore, although the first readers of the text noted the paternal relationship, between creator and experiment, they saw this in terms of a ‘hero’
Shelley’s diction once addressing Victor’s nature describes his family as honorable and prestigious. Being no exception to this prestigious heritage Victor ultimately becomes a victim of his nature. Victor’s greed for power, a bit like the ability that had succeeded him, is simply too exuberant for him to handle. “I had worked…for the sole purpose of infusing life into academic degree inanimate body… I had desired it with ardor that approach exceeded moderation,” Victor states (39). Shelley’s use of powerful words like would like, ardor, and exceeded portray the thought of this overwhelming would like for power in Victor’s nature, and foreshadows Victor’s final downfall.
From his experiences with people, even with the De Lacey family that he admired, he learned that man was “at once so powerful, so virtuous…yet so vicious and base” (119). However, unlike other characters, he had managed to escape another man-made evil: the law. Justine, Safie, her father,... ... middle of paper ... ...n an ancient myth, the novel focused on a modern concern; the fear of scientific progress. Even though times are constantly changing, mankind’s fears of change and the unknown stay the same. Works Cited Atsma, Aaron J.
Without doubt, this is the result of a childhood where he was overindulged. Overindulged to the extent he was given a little girl “Elizabeth” as a “present”, whom he considered from childhood “mine only” (Shelley 21). Little wonder the twenty year old Victor would think he could create, control and command life. But Victor as with any indulged child did not take the time to learn much from his parents about parenting and fath... ... middle of paper ... ...n in his isolation. Pride and prejudice, isolating behaviors, create a path of unnecessary destruction through the life of Victor Frankenstein.
However, the Frankenstein's were mainly concerned with physical appearance. Victor's father married Caroline because of her exquisite beauty, and Elizabeth was adopted into the family, also because she was beautiful. Victor was also a product of idealistic education; the explicit goal of this form of education is to make a contribution to civilization. For Victor, the contribution would be the study of life sciences and the formation of the soul; however, he had no one on his side encouraging him and supporting his educational involvement. As a result of this childhood, Victor is left with no sense of inner beauty.
Crystal Jane Marie Robinson Mrs. Elaine Fowler ENC 1102 16B 21 July 2017 Rough Draft Nature versus nurture has been a huge debate over centuries. People debate whether a person’s character is the result of nature or nurture. Nature is some characteristics that a person is born with, while nurture is how a person is raise by people surrounds him or her. In the novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley makes an impression that evidently support the fact that one’s surrounding and experiences helps shape a person’s character. Frankenstein is a story about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who is passionate in exploring humanity and biology.
Much like Walton, Frankenstein was alone in his childhood because he was an only child. Over time he acquires a fascination for science and begins to educate himself. “I was, to a great degree, self-taught with regard to my favorite studies. My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge” (Shelley 38). Frankenstein leaves his family at an early age to further his education.
However Atticus does his best to be the ideal father to Jem and Scout and is the best lawyer to defend Tom Robinson because he is courageous, gentlemanly, and wise. One of Atticus’s predominant qualities is what gentleman he is. He shows this when he teaches Jem how to be a gentleman and shows an example by speaking with Ms. Dubose: Easy does it son, Atticus would say. She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentlemen. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to let her make you mad.