Frankenstein and Maturity

Topics: Frankenstein, Paradise Lost, Mary Shelley Pages: 3 (881 words) Published: March 21, 2002
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Responsibility is the key to experimentation, those lacking the maturity fail. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein experiments in creating life. However creating a monster, the reader finds out that Victor is not mature enough to handle the responsibility of his actions. Even though Victor Frankenstein is the creator/father of the monster, he has characteristics of a child and the monster has the maturity of an adult. When Henry Clerval arrives at Frankenstein's door after his experimenting, he experiences Victor's child-like actions. As Victor explains, "I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place; I jumped over the chairs, clapped my hands, and laughed aloud."(36) This shows the sheer giddiness of Victor after being isolated from friends and family for months working on his experiments. Victor was immature when handling the isolation so he bottled up emotions which were let loose when the sight of his friend arrived. Frankenstein even mentions that his actions are child-like when he enters his home. "I threw the door open forcibly, as children are accustomed to do when they expect a spectre to stand in waiting for them on the other side."(37) Like a child does, victor could not control his feelings and thus acted out in an irregular manner for an adult. After Frankenstein creates the monster, his actions, also became that of a scared child. "One hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me, but I escaped, and rushed down stairs."(chapter I) This statement by Victor shows that he was unable to handle the maturity of the situation. The monster was reaching out for what seemed to be his father. Not knowing fully the actions, Victor ran as a scared child would from a frightening movie.

Victor kept the secret of his creation from anyone that should know of this discovery and disaster, which affects his health directly. At the beginning of Volume II chapter 1 Victor tells of his guilty...
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