Nature vs. Nurture in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

1247 Words Feb 24th, 2018 5 Pages
As crucial as canvas in art, the philosophy of nature and nurture come together as the fundamental structure to one’s personality and genetic makeup. In the novella, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the association of the exterior appearance and inner feelings are openly linked. The hideous creature that the science addict, Victor Frankenstein, makes is initially innocent yet severely deformed. His nature is to be benevolent and sympathetic, however, society only views his external appearance, which is of defect. The natural act of mankind is to judge based on exterior appearance, thus the creature is quickly detested and branded as an abnormal mutant due to his peripheral look. Mary Shelly’s efficient utilization of nature vs. nurture conflict ultimately serves to emphasize that the nurturing development of an individual gyrates around nature. First, man (by nature) judges his surroundings and people by their presence. If one is pleasant looking, then they will be given more of a chance to express themselves beyond their looks. In contrast, if one is ugly and deformed, society tends to castoff that individual, thus shunning them from recognition. As nature proves, man is fearful of the unknown, hence the unfamiliarity of the creatures deformation. Shelley cautions against interfering with nature by showing how it can…
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