A human’s relationships with family is one of the most important things in their life. In the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly, family relationships play a big role in Victor’s and the Monster’s lives.

In my opinion having a good family relationship help me in a lot of different ways. My family is always there for me whether I am sick, sad, happy or just need someone to talk too. In this book Victor disconnects with his family to create the monster after his mother’s passing. I believe his relationship with his family disconnected because his mother was a big part of him. Growing up without a family is something I could never imagine happening to me or anyone to be honest. The book states “she died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death” (Shelly 43). Which proves his mother died who was a piece of him and I believe her death was the start of his journey to creating the monster. I think Victor created the monster because he wanted to re- create life to show hope in maybe bringing his mother back. Later in the book Victor utters “I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps… I did not dare return to the apartment” (58). Showing he abandoned the monster just like when his mom ‘abandoned’ him when she passed away. Without family to help guide you, you start to feel off and go a little crazy. When I’m without my family I begin to feel sad, can’t focus and start to do things I wouldn’t normally do so I could only imagine how Victor and the monster felt. Since Victor went through the tragedy of his mother and ‘being abandoned’ I believe that what triggered him to disconnecting with the rest of his family which brings him to losing focus and doing things that may not make sense like creating the monster. Just like Victor the monster was left alone, family less with no one to take care of him and show him how the world works. Just like every other human the monster began to do crazy things too, like killing Victor’s family. In chapter 7 Victor said “Nothing in human shape could have destroyed that fair child. He was the murderer!” (73). I believe the monster started this craziness to get Victors attention so he wouldn’t be left family less. Some people think family relationships don’t really make a difference but in my opinion they do.

I compared my life to Victor’s and the monster’s and they are very different. I always have someone to talk to or to guide me unlike Victor when he felt abandoned and disconnected from his family and the monster who was abandoned and left alone. In conclusion a human without a good family relationship isn’t healthy for the person or as happy as someone with a good family relationship.



Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, or, The Modern Prometheus. Modern Library, 1999.

Siminoff, David. “Frankenstein Theme of Family.” Shmoop, Shmoop University, 11 Nov. 2008, www.shmoop.com/frankenstein/family-theme.html.

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