Frankenstein, By Mary Shelley

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The creature looks into the cottage as he has done so many times before and ponders on his discoveries. He says to himself again and again What am I? Why don’t I have any friends, a family, or any human interaction? He longed for a father that watched him in his infant days and a mother that blessed him with smiles and caresses. The creature is forced to be exiled by humans and lives in the world alone. He learns about life and language by watching from afar as a result of Victor Frankenstein abandoning him immediately after giving him life. On first impression of the character Frankenstein in the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, she paints him to have lived a happy childhood that sets him up for a promising fulfilled future. However,…show more content…
Consequently, it was his mother’s idea to adopt his sister Elizabeth into the family hoping to bring joy into Victor 's life. Caroline in an excited manner says, "‘I have a pretty present for my Victor—tomorrow he shall have it.’ And when, on the morrow, she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift, I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine—mine to protect, love, and cherish” (37). It may seem odd that a mother would adopt a daughter for her son to marry, but she did this out of love and a way to express to Victor she cared about his future and his happiness.
Eventually, Victor came to understand this happiness was rooted by the way his parents a raised him. Victor, coming to this realization says, “The innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me” (35). The “direct[ion] to happiness or misery” is a control that is important for a parent to realize early on if there is a desire to become what is considered a good parent. Every action, the good and the bad, have consequences. Above all it is clearly expressed, across all nations, that a child must never be left alone to fend for itself and has a right to posses relationships with others and obtain food, water, love, and shelter. Victor had

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