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Theme Of Nature In Victor Frankenstein

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“Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven,” (mathew 19:14). This sentiment can be applied to many aspects in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein; From Victor frankenstein’s idolatry by his parents to Victor’s own dereliction of his creation even stretching to victor’s foil Robert Walton whose feeling of isolation has familial ties attached to it. Shelley explores the multiple thematic subjects of nurture V.S. nature, responsibility, and negligence thus perpetuating the thought that man is a direct product if his environment. The way Robert Walton was raised contributes to his longing for fulfillment and his want to be more than he is. Robert longs to be accepted and he fills this voyage will do just that. “I shall satiate my ardent curiosity...and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man,” (Shelley 2).Robert feels this voyage will validate him.”Shelley herself subtly indicts Victor's parents in exactly this way; and [shelley] suggests an even subtler subtext of family conflict in the letters Walton writes to Margaret,”(Claridge). Robert wants this voyage to give him the recognition he lacks.It can be argued this is due to a lack of acceptance by his Father. “these volumes were my study day and night...my father’s dying injunction had forbidden my uncle to allow me to embark in a seafaring life,”(Shelley 2). Waltons affluent background and wealth allows him to throw all caution to the wind like
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