preview

Orphaned Children In Frankenstein

Decent Essays

A wretched social outcast, a pariah, a monster, an orphan: Frankenstein’s creation is described by these adjectives by those he beheld his form. His hideous, deformed exterior sequesters the monster from his environment the moment he lives. The creation’s immediate isolation and lack of language acquisition sets him up for failure. Though he is a character of supernatural fiction, his situation is similar to the lives of both deaf and orphaned children. With the learning disability of the deaf and the crippling loneliness associated with being an orphan, the monster has no chance in society with or without help from his creator. Language acquisition is half innate ability and half environmental factors. In a study by Jon Hamilton, he found …show more content…

It only served to show him what he was missing. In a reality setting, the monster’s loneliness can be compared to that of orphaned children. Though both are obviously without parents, the side effects of orphanage runs past the physical. It creates a mental rift in the child’s ability to connect with the world. In a study done on Russian orphans after a governmental revolution, the scientists, “…found dramatic reduction in what’s referred to as gray matter and in white matter,’ Nelson says, ‘In other words, their brains were actually physically smaller”(Sengendo). Being a child orphan physically changes the way the brain develops. Lacking human interactions stunted the monster’s growth in both mental function and character. Though he talked with a vast vocabulary, his speech is all he was able to develop. Just like a deprived child, all he wants, from his birth to his death, is attention. However, he has an unacceptable way of getting attention. The monster resorts to killing Frankenstein’s family. Though orphaned children do not kill for attention, both do not know the correct way to seek it.
In the same study, the scientist Nelson found that the children would, “…reach their arms out their arms out as though they’re saying to you, ‘Please pick me up.’ So you’d pick them up and they’d hug you. But then they’d push you away and they’d want to get down. And then the minute they got down they’d want to be picked up again. It’s a very disorganized way of interacting with somebody”

Get Access