Nature Vs. Nurture in Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein

1008 WordsFeb 22, 20184 Pages
Nature vs. Nurture Francis Galton, the English Victorian polymath first coined the term, Nature vs. Nurture in 1871, when he considered how much influence our upbringing had on our fate, and whether or not our destiny was preset. Long before the term Nature vs. Nurture was coined, Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, Frankenstein, explored the idea of nature vs. nurture in the context of creation. The greatest exemplification of Nature vs. Nurture in Frankenstein is explored in the fate of the Creature, who begins his life a seemingly pure creation but eventually involves himself in violent revenge against his creator, Frankenstein. The examination of the Creature’s character must include an overall evaluation of the role Frankenstein had in his life, or lack there of. Within the analysis of Frankenstein’s Creation, the reader is subject to the scientific exploration aspect of the Nature vs. Nurture argument. Finally, we as readers are exposed to how the role of solitude in the evolution of Frankenstein’s character as well as the Creature brings the novel full circle in the evaluation of Nature vs. Nurture, and how much control one has when they decide to play God. In Shelley’s novel, the Creature is responsible for the murder and destruction of his creator, Frankenstein’s, family members and eventual life. The Creature, throughout the novel, is identified as a “monster,” which can be defined as, “one who deviates from normal or acceptable behavior or character; a threatening force”
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