If there was ever a story advocating the fair treatment of children, it is the tale of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein is to blame for his child’s poor behavior. Frankenstein, like many other soon-to-be-parents, irrationally sought to create life, without any conceptualization of the work it would be to rear the child. From the birth of baby, Victor refuses positive nurture of his toddler in favor of friends and his own selfish needs; his unreasonable expectations for baby, give cause to his distance from baby, he ultimately dooms his own child to a life of crime and misfortune. Immediately after the delivery, Victor catches the baby blues, and feels overwhelmed by the situation he has rendered himself with.
He could never understand why the creature take revenge on him because he is a narcissist. In the article, “Narcissism and Empathy in Young Offenders and Non-offenders”, author Erica G. Hepper explains that, “Although narcissistic individuals depend on other people’s praise and respect to feed their ego, they lack communal motivation and fail to consider the effect they have on others” (201). Dr. Frankenstein never care to think of what might happen to the creature after he rejects it. What he cares is he could not bear to look at the creature, so he just runs away. And now, Dr. Frankenstein decides to take revenge on the creature that all its miseries are caused by himself.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley portrays an individual in a unique situation trying to overcome daily interactions while being faced with inconceivable misfortunes. Created by Victor Frankenstein, who set out on a journey to bring life to scrapped pieces of waste, he was then abandoned and left to fend for himself in a world he was abruptly brought into. After being abandoned by his creator for his less than appealing looks, this then sparked his inevitable desire for revenge. Eventually leading to the destruction of those associated with his creator. Knowing that he will never fit in, the monster began to act out in hopes of getting back at his creator for what he did.
Victor abandoned him due to his looks and fear while the world just did it naturally. The creature never asked to be brought back to life, so Victor was the cause of his misery. The monster just went along with his instincts but the relationship between the two became war. In conclusion, loneliness is an important theme in Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. Being alone differs from being lonely.
He had to learn to survive, learn that humans will fear him, and learn how to love completely on his own. Victor refused to help him by creating a new monster for him to love. Only a child, he felt alone and desperate for compassion. Victor, afraid of the creature’s power after he created life, abandoned his son. After Victor neglected his creation, he felt terribly alone, “’I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew, and could distinguish, nothing; but feeling pain invade me on all sides, I sat down and wept’” (Shelly 72).
Because Frankenstein is displeased with the appearance of his offspring, he abandons him and disclaims all of his “parental” responsibility. Frankenstein’s poor “mothering” and abandonment of his “child” leads to the creation’s inevitable evilness. Victor was not predestined to failure, nor was his creation innately depraved. Rather, it was Victor’s poor “parenting” of his progeny that lead to his creation’s thirst for vindication of his unjust life, in turn leading to the ruin of Victor’s life. Originally, Frankenstein had planned to use the results of his investigations to help mankind, but this focus soon transformed into an exhausting obsession; he became only concerned with the means, rather than the ends of his ambitious adventures.
If Frankenstein had cared for the monster, the monster would have had someone to support him and love him. Instead, the monster is left alone to face society, and because of this, he feels little moral obligation towards other human beings. This ties to how mass murders are created, as they all face some sort of rejection from society. The author Mary Shelley also faced exclusion from society because of the choices that she had made during her early years. ”Although Mary Shelley eventually wed Percy Shelley, they were unmarried and traveling together for a time before their marriage, completely going against the norm of the time period” (___?___).
Mary Shelley never managed to fit into her natural place in society and she didn’t succeed in being a famous radical like her parents were. Like the monster she had no feeling of belonging and her upbringing was sad due to her mothers’ death as a result of Mary Shelley’s birth, her father blamed her for this. She had an unhappy childhood under her stepmother and was not shown any kindness or love, just like the creature. Victor’s failure to use his medical skills to help mankind is a reflection of Mary Shelley’s unfulfilled ambition to become a mother at the time she wrote the book. Bibliography Shelley, M (1818), Frankenstein
In Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein, readers get to take an inside look at Victor’s (the protagonist) life compared to the monster’s life after he is brought to life. In Frankenstein, the bad parenting theme is quite apparent. There are very few “good” parents in the midst of what seems to be quite a few “bad” parents, including Victor Frankenstein, the creator of the monster. Victor comes from a loving and caring family, while Frankenstein is left alone with no one to care for him. If one is left isolated with no one to care for him and talk to him, he will get frustrated and will want to get revenge from society, which may mean becoming evil.
They all wanted to be apart of the people’s lives and day to day activities but fate did not allow it. Werther was left alone when the girl she loved got married to al elder man. Comparably, the creature in Frankenstein was abandoned by his creator and left all alone in a world whereby he does not even know how to speak and relate with the people around him. Werther had wished to spend his entire life with the girl she loved and when it turned out impossible, he took away his life by committing suicide so as to escape the pain he was going through.... ... middle of paper ... ...ng. He says "Cursed, cursed Creator!