When Victor finished the creation of his monster he had a hard time processing and accepting what he’d done. After seeing the monster’s grotesque stature and appearance, he abandoned it hoping that the product of his work would just disappear. This further proved him to be selfish, he only cared about himself and what other people would think about him if they knew what he did. The monster, however, was clueless and innocent as a newborn child that had just been abandoned by his parents.
A theme I think is quite prevalent at this time is nature versus nurture. An endless debate that argues between two points, whether a person’s behaviour and personality is determined by their genes, or if it is implemented by the environment around them. Obviously in the book the monster started off not understanding his feelings or emotions, nor how or why he was created. When he awakes only to be abandoned by his creator, he becomes lost and confused which only further contributes to making him into a “monster”. I believe his first impression and lack of distrust for human kind was strongly influenced by Victor`s actions. If the personality of the monster grows increasingly similar to Victor’s, who is really the monster?
Frankenstein looking in mirror (https://esoterx.com/2015/05/24/the-monster-in-the-mirror-fear-of-the-public-persona/)
The monster did not choose to be brought into existence, and he didn’t have anyone to, in a sense, raise him. I feel as though this is the case in many real life situations, lots of children are born unwanted and thus abandoned. With nobody to raise them and teach them, they cannot socialize into society as one typically would. In fact, children who are lack one or more parent make up:
- 63 percent of youth suicides
- 71 percent of pregnant teens
- 90 percent of all homeless and runaway children
- 70 percent of juveniles in state-operated institutions
- 85 percent of all youth who exhibit behavior disorders
- 80 percent of rapists motivated with displaced anger
- 71 percent of all high school dropouts
- 75 percent of all adolescents in chemical abuse centers
- 85 percent of all youths in prison
(Studies and Statistics)
“But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing.” (Shelley 129)
The only reason the monster became a terrifying, murderous, creature was because of how he was treated by the people around him. Nobody showed him even the slightest kindness, therefore he had no way to know any. He could hardly even convince his own creator to talk to him, his mixed feelings of sadness and despair come simply from being unwanted. I believe that had he been shown any sense of what we call humanity, he wouldn`t have become what he did, something that even he himself resented.
“I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification.” (Shelley 121)
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Penguin Publishing Group, 2013.
“Studies and Statistics.” Providence World, providenceworld.com/about-2/studies-and-statistics/.