Analysis of Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein

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If it walks, if it talks, if it feels, it’s alive. If it can learn, eventually speak, or came about because of another, it’s a person. The Creature of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is no exception. Victor’s creation needs nourishment, education, and morals, which should be provided by it’s creator, it’s parent, just like any other child. The way that needs of an individual are met shapes the outcome of their life. In her novel, Shelley demonstrates this impact that parents have on their child’s life through the contrasting upbringing of Victor and his Creature. The most basic needs of food, shelter, and protection for Victor and the Creature were not equally met by their guardians. Someone can’t survive for more than a couple of days without food, and it is the responsibility of the parent to have it available or accessible. For the Creature, sustenance was continually a daunting task. He illustrates this by saying, “I often spent the whole day searching in vain for a few acorns to assuage the pangs of hunger” (102). Victor, on the other hand, never had to worry about where his next meal was coming from, as it was always ready for him. Following, parents are expected to provide shelter. Abandoned cottages were often the Creature’s versions of home and provided him shelter from the elements. Upon finding his first cottage he explains, “I was enchanted by the appearance of the hut; here the snow and rain could not penetrate; [and] the ground was dry” (102). Contrastingly, Victor
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