Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein And Judith Guest 's Ordinary People

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Nia Gordon
June 10th, 2015
English 10/ G Band
Ms. Kaufman

Don’t Leave Me This Way: The Analysis of Abandonment in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein and Judith Guest’s Ordinary People

Both Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein and Judith Guest’s Ordinary People display the consistent theme of abandonment by guardians. Both protagonists, the Creature and Conrad, experience rejection from their parents and constantly try to search for love and attention in different aspects of society since they unfortunately can not receive it from their parents. Given that no individual wants to associate with the Creature, he becomes immorally and seeks revenge on the entire human race for not accepting him. Contrastly, Conrad has the support of several people in his
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Beth’s nonchalant attitude towards Conrad becomes increasingly obvious and begins to really frustrate him, ultimately leading him to lash out at her, “ ‘listen, don’t give me that, the only reason you care, the only reason you give a fuck about it is because someone else knew about it first! You never wanted to know anything I was doing or anything I wasnt doing’ ” (Guest: 110). It is evident that Conrad constantly tries to spark conversations with his mother hoping that she will give him her undivided attention, but it only results in him feeling as though he is a burden. The emotional detachment from his mother forces him to distance himself from his entire family thinking that it would some how make Beth happy. Instead of forcing himself to deal with his mom’s distant attitude he exclaims, “I know why she never came out there, not once! I know! Hell she was going to goddamn Spain and goddamn Portugal, why should she care if I was hung up by the goddamn balls,” revealing that he knows his mom has abandoned him as a son and has to deal with the fact that he is not the favorite son in the family. He also comes to the realization that his mom is constantly trying to run away from the responsibility of parenting and is still unable to show any kind of affection to her son who just tried to commit suicide. Rather than asking how Conrad is feeling, she plays victim as if Conrad has rejected her and
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