Frankenstein: Like Father Like Son Essay

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In Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein,” Dr. Victor Frankenstein has a fascination with life and death, particularly life, and through his scientific studies he decides to attempt to build a body and restore the lifeless body to animation. He succeeds in this, but once he restores the body to animation he looks in the eyes of his creation and immediately deems the creature a monster. He even, after only a few moments of animation, calls the creature a wretch. He then runs away, and when he returns his creation is nowhere to be found. Many other events occur where the creature comes in contact with humans and they deem him a monster as well. One even goes so far as shooting the creature after the creature has just saved the life of this man’s…show more content…
He also clears the path to the cottage of snow as he has seen Felix, a young man living in the cottage, do. He does this to help lessen the labors of the people living in the cottage (Shelley 91-120). Dr. Frankenstein also starts off good. For example, when he begins his research, he begins with intentions of furthering knowledge and giving man greater insight into the unknown.
Also, we see that they are alike in the sense that they both have a great love for nature. We see this for the “monster” in the last paragraph of chapter twelve where he says:
The birds sang in more cheerful notes, and the leaves began to bud forth on the trees. Happy, happy earth! Fit habitation for gods, which, so short a time before, was bleak, damp, and unwholesome. My spirits were elevated by the enchanting appearance of nature; the past was blotted from my memory, the present was tranquil, and the future glided by bright rays of hope and anticipations of joy (Shelley 101).
And we see it for Dr. Frankenstein, first when he begins his research for constructing the “monster” and how he finds joy in each new discovery he makes and also we see it when he goes into the mountains near Geneva to spend some time alone to enjoy nature. They can also be compared by the friends they have. They both have friends that they love dearly and would do anything for. For example, Dr. Frankenstein has Henry Clerval as a good friend. As Dr.
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