Analysis Of Jean Jacques Rousseau 's ' Frankenstein '

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Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Presence in Frankenstein It is believed that nurtured children with loving supportive families end up being successful and lead fulfilling lives, while children who are abandoned and mistreated end up spiraling out of control later in life. Mary Shelley proves this belief untrue in the novel, Frankenstein, where the main characters lead opposite lives, but end up committing evils and thirsting for revenge. Both characters have different experiences in early life that shape them into the people they become at the end of the novel. Even though both major characters sprout from diverse sources, lead contrasting early lives, and have very separate intellectual levels; both end up savage men at the end of the novel. Jean- Jacques Rousseau was a noted philosopher of the Enlightenment. His ideas were very provocative of the time, because he believed that man in his natural state was the state in which a man was the most content. Rousseau believed that it is society that creates tension among men and creates discontentment in the human race. In Frankenstein, Shelley expresses her view of man in the state of nature by contrasting the lives of the main characters, Victor Frankenstein and the daemon he creates. As a young boy, Victor Frankenstein grew up with a small supportive family in Geneva; he was content living with his basic needs fulfilled. Victor believed that was crucial were the simple necessities of life that he grew up with, he states, “If [man

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