ure vs. Nurture in Frankenstein
Andrew Lustig proposed a great question to the readers of Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, “How far should we go in out efforts to alter nature, including human nature? As stewards of God’s creation what are our responsibilities?” (Lustig 1) This question results in theme of nature vs. nurture in the novel. The nature vs. nurture debate is an important topic in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The two central characters, Victor Frankenstein and the creature that he creates; both, characters were raised differently. The nature and the nurture of their upbringing can be a cause of why they are, the way they are. Victor and his creature are subject to very ...view middle of the document...
Shelly uses the light as a symbol of discovery and newfound skill. Victor states his interest is sparked by the lighting, however he describes his father, “had taken the greatest precautions that [his] mind should be impressed with supernatural horrors.” (Shelly) Victor’s father attitude speaks of his nurture.
Shelley used the words such as “devoted and tender” to describe Victor’s upbringing. Which is different from the way the creature was created into. Victor had compassion and love while the creature had abandonment and hatred. The creature from day one was alone. Clearly, nurturing was different on both parts. Though Victor’s nurturing could be a blame for his power envy.
Ashley Lancaster wrote, “to account for the Monster's inhumanity that actually separates him from the human "outsider." As a being created
from discarded body parts found in a "dissecting roomand . . .
slaughter-house," the Monster only has a connection
to death and to trauma” (Lancaster 134)
Lancaster was describing the creature and his nature. Victor’s nature was family and strong since of power while on the other the creature was made out of death. He was put together with different pieces that did not belong together. From the time he was created till his defeat, the creature only knew death and trauma. The creature did not know what a family was.
Creature’s only family was Victor Frankenstein. Though, Victor left him for vanity and scared reasons. “The Creature’s unjust rejection by society is also a function
of Frankenstein’s failure to factor into his scientific reason the value of the cultural” (Banerjee 15) Victor’s thought the creature would bring him happiness, but it only brought him harm and death. His own vanity and cultural norms brought the creature into its dark place.
Just like a new human being born, the...