Theme Of Nature Vs Nurture In Frankenstein

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In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley explores the argument of nature versus nurture. The conflict of nature versus nurture is displayed throughout the Gothic novel and in the development of the characters. When looking at an argument such as nature versus nurture, the side one may want to assume is difficult to find. Mary Shelley displays points in the novel to allow the reader to see both sides of the argument, giving each side valid points. The shifts in tone and mood when nature is displayed shows an immediate nurturing factor in the novel. The shifts allow the story to keep pace, and not become to stagnant. The display of character development with a lack of nurturing shows that without nurturing, humans are still able to develop with a sense of integrity. Mary Shelley displays the theme of nature vs. nurture immediately with the development of Walton in the letters. Robert saving the stranger outside of his ship from the cold and nursing him back to health shows a nurturing side from Robert. When the mysterious man regains conscience and realizes what is happening, he is greeted by a crew member who warns him, “[h]ere is our captain, and he will allow you to perish on the open sea” (Shelley 10). Walton and his crew take the man in and nurture him back to near full health. Walton shows an immediate aspect of nurturing, “I have persuaded him to remain in the cabin, for he is far too weak to sustain the rawness of the atmosphere.” (Shelley 12). The reader disconnects from
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