Parental Guidance

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Welcome back! It’s ya girl, the K word back with another exciting blog. Today, we will be talking about pottery. The potter, being the person creating the masterpiece, takes a chunk of clay and forms whatever he does with his hands. Sometimes it comes out beautiful, other times a total disaster. When relating pottery to the novel Frankenstein, we can easily revolve it around Victor and his creations relationship. When the monster is first made he appears happy, and shy. Where did that go? Well look at it like this, Victor is the potter, the monster is the clay, and the aftermath is how the monster turns out and acts in the end.

In the novel Frankenstein, I would consider Victors monster a child. He was just ‘born’ if you think about it and had no idea how to do anything including think about all of what was going on. Victor, being the closest and only thing to a parent he had, made him feel ugly, unloved, and abandoned. “No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses.”( Shelley 129). The creature never had that guidance in his life to lead him down the right path. He never learned how to love, forgive, or even just feel. How did Victor expect the creature to act? The creature only had Victor, and needed him like any other child needs their parents to guide them and help them understand how to survive the world. Kids react to the environment they are raised in, and reflect on the behaviours of their parents and everyone around them. The monster had Victor, who raised him in isolation and only had negative, terrible things to say about him, and these were the first things he experienced when he was first ‘born’.

“How dare you sport thus with life?”.(Shelley 104). The so called monster, was exactly like a child in the beginning. He was shy, and innocent. Victor, changed him.
He played god and gave life to this creature. Someone’s life is not a sport. When Victor realized he didn’t like what he made, he shunned it. I can understand why this made the creature mad, can’t you? Imagine this was a real life situation and the parents of a child with some kind of disorder hated it and showed this child nothing but disgust and hate. How do you think that child would grow to be and act like? Well, I’d expect nothing other than how Victors ‘monster’ turned out to be. The creature only killed those people to get revenge on Victor. Which is reasonable in some areas, like obviously the killing part pushes it, but then again he never got taught that that was not the proper way to handle anger.

In the end of the book, I think we can all say that Victor is no god. Even though they both created life, god loved his creations, even that one that turned out terrible. “I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself.”(Shelley 157). Why should anyone have to ask for someone to find (or make) someone to love them, and ask for them to be ugly like them? This shows that the creature had nothing left and was desperate for affection, something that Victor wouldn’t give. Lastly, it really shows how much the creature was actually like Victors child, because after all he went through, the creature still ended up crying over Victors body devastated by his death. “Soon these burning miseries will be extinct”. (Shelley 241). No matter what happens, children always seem to, deep down, love their parents even if they did horrible things to them. I can somewhat relate to this with my dad, for he hasn’t been a part of my life for some time, but I don’t think I could ever hate him.

This reaches the end of my blogs. Thanks for taking the time to read all about the intriguing novel of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Stay tuned for future blogs on other novels, and I will see you real soon! K word out.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 1992.


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