Frankenstein and Family, Nature vs Nurture

Welcome back bloggers to If You’ve Got It, Haunt It. Today I will be discussing the nature vs nurture debate. The famous Nature vs Nurture debate has been going on for a long time and it can strongly relate to the book “Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley. The book starts off in a first-person point of view of Victor Frankenstein. The family life of Victor at a young age is loving and caring. His father encourages victor to remember the importance of family. Victor’s father was even nice enough to adopt Elisabeth Lavenza when she was an orphan. That’s just how he was nurtured.

Yet when Victor creates the monster, he treats him like he’s worthless because he doesn’t want him to be able to control himself Victor wants to be in full control of him. That’s just the nature of Victor. The monster gets marginalized and treated like he isn’t important. Wouldn’t you think that Victor would raise a caring and loving family because he was raised well in a family like that? He’s completely the opposite. He is self-centered and egocentric, (the whole world revolves around him.) you can tell by the way he talks. Victor always makes everything about him and doesn’t see the importance in caring about others or seeing the connections and relationships that you should have with your family. When the creature is first “born” we see him as happy and shy. He soon becomes abandoned and isolated. Victor has poor parenting to the creature. He makes the creature feel unwanted and like he was a mistake. He never even named the creature, yet the creature still sees victor as a father.

Some people would say that it is the way you were nurtured that creates who you really are who, how you were raised. Although I believe that it is your nature. You are just that way biologically, no parenting can change that. I think that when you’re young you listen to your parents just because they are your parents and that’s how they teach you. But once you go out on your own you remote back to your old self and become who you really are. Just like Victor, he had a good youth but now that he can do things for himself and he doesn’t need his father he is becoming his real self.  He can’t even take responsibility for his actions and still acts like a child.  In conclusion Victor is childish and nature wins over nurture.

Work Cited

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Douglas Clegg. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. Penguin, 2013.


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