January 30, 2013
English Period 5
Frankenstein and Prejudice Human Nature
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Victor’s abandonment of his own creation is ironic and hypocritical because he was raised surrounded by a loving and caring family. His attitudes reveals the prejudice side of human nature, and how people can easliy move on or reject the things we love or create. There is a lot about human nature in dislking what does not look like us, the fact that the creature does not look human is the main reason for his ostracization. Victor was raised in a good family, and in a loving manner. His parents loved and looked out for him, “I was their plaything and their idol, and something better- their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by Heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me” (Shelley 35). When Victor abandons the helpless creature, Frankenstein, it is ironic because he once was just as helpless. The difference is that Victor’s parents loved him, took care of him, and raised him loving surroundings; all that he knew was love. He was cared for and loved, and he rejects his own creation just because he is afraid, and responsible. Therefore, when he comes home to notice that the monster is gone he was overjoyed with relief and “It was not only joy that possessed me; I felt my flesh tingle with excess of sensitiveness, and my pulse beat rapidly. I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place; I jumped over the chairs, clapped my hands, and laughed aloud” (Shelley 62). Victor rejoices for Frankenstein’s absence because he regrets his creation and is scared. He is happy because he feels as if it is not his responsiblity anymore, but when you start something you have to finish it. Pushing it aside makes it worse.This reveals that humans do not like to take responsibility for disaterous things they...
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