Frankenstein

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Dr. Keel
English 1302
19 March 2009
Poor Parenting
In the Novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein, a vicious and ambitious scientist living in Geneva, gives life to an inhuman creature to later shun him and misshape his values and beliefs from his dreadful parenting techniques. Victor’s weakness and fear of the creatures looks lead to the abandonment of the creature. Shelley describes the parenting skills, child development, education techniques, and human ideals the creature receives from Victor during his childhood. Parenting skills are the way a mother and a father teach their kid how to be a successful, disciplined, educated and moral person when they grow up. Parental skills are learned from extended family. This means that the way one is taught comes from generations back and is learned. In the case of victor, he was raised in good conditions in an idyllic family. Victor claims that “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed” (Shelley 37). Victor received the basic parenting skills needed to live a normal life. Victor used the luxury and kindness given and taught to him to become who he really was in the inside. Victor brought out his uniqueness and reached higher achievements thanks to the fundamentals he received by his parents. Since victor wanted to be someone different he took charge of his future. Victor says, “My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness added to a student’s thirst for knowledge” (39). This displays that victor was not pushed towards the power of knowledge he wanted to acquire. He decided to start the road to become a major scientist. He had to learn step by step and put the fundamental skills his parents taught him into action....
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