How Does Childhood Affect Children In Frankenstein

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In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates a living being with pure science. He is driven by the desire to do something in the scientific world that no one else has done before, create life from scratch. At the time, this seemed like a good idea to Victor, but once the creation breathes his first breath of life, he immediately regrets creating him. To him, “the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart” (Shelley). Victor leaves the monster and does not come back to care for him. The monster goes on a rampage, killing Victor’s family for revenge. Perhaps the monster would have turned out fine if Victor would have loved his creation like a son. This rejection changed who the monster …show more content…

If a child is even slightly different from the social norm, the other children will notice. Childhood is when everyone makes his or her first friends. During this time children figure out who they are and how they fit in with the rest of society. This sets the precedent for what type of person they are going to be. People who are always around each other tend to act like each other. If a child grows up their entire adolescence thinking they are different from the other children, then they will start to believe it. Whether is a cleft lip, mental disorder, or even just a birthmark, some defects or differences can change a child’s life from the very beginning. In Frankenstein, Victors creation is treated exactly how society viewed him, as a monster. He realizes it from the very beginning that he is viewed as “the miserable and the abandoned, […] abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on” (Shelley). This has such an effect on him that he moves out into the forest and lives by himself. He separated himself from society, as some children do while living with physical defects. Where would they be if they were treated like they deserved? Where would Frankenstein’s monster

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