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The Message Of Frankenstein Is Simple What Is More Important That Anything Is The Warmth And Love That Close Relationships With Family And Friend...

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Throughout Frankenstein it’s clear to the reader that the character’s are lacking love and affection and often deal with rejection and loneliness. The most obvious example of this is the creature’s story, where he faces abandonment from his creator and everyone else he meets. We also see this in Never Let Me Go where the only people who accept the children are those also like them, whereas their guardians seem to fear them.
The creature faces religious rejection throughout the novel; Shelley may have chosen to include this to represent the contemporary ideas of The Enlightenment (Science and reason overtaking religion). One of the books the creature reads is the Paradise Lost and therefore, he bases his knowledge of creation and parenting from what he reads in it. He directly addresses Victor telling him ‘I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel…’ (Page 77) this shows that the creature feels he has been rejected by his God and cast out from what should be his paradise. It also shows that the creature feels he should be treated with the same love and care that a parent gives their children as well as guidance and protection, however, he is left to live with fear and abandonment. This perhaps highlights the way the enlightenment affected Victor’s actions in abandoning the creature because of how scientifically unnatural the creature was, rather than the religious notion of creator loving creation. The creature again goes on to reference what he read when he says ‘Satan has his companions, fellow- devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and detested.’ (Page 100) This shows that he is telling Frankenstein, perhaps in an attempt to guilt him into giving him what he wants, that even the worst, most feared being has someone for support and companionship and as he doesn’t he must clearly be worse than Satan himself. This view on himself is also strongly supported by when he gets called a ‘Wretched devil!’ (Page 77) On the contrary to the previous links to the enlightenment Shelley may have chosen to represent that only God can create life and as Victor is not God anything he creates will be inhuman and not worthy of love.
Some may argue that the rejection the creature faces is not one of religious reasoning but purely the fact that Victor has no Idea of how to be a parental figure to his creation; choosing to run away instead of taking care of the creature. This argument raises many questions as Victor clearly displays the fact that he knows what a good parental figure could be as he himself has had them. The reader can see this when he states ‘My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness…’ (Page 30) and ‘My mother’s tender caresses and my father’s smile of benevolent pleasure while regarding me are my first recollections.’ (Page 30) This shows the reader that Victor knows what it is to have loving, caring, kind parents and yet he seems to reject this knowledge when it comes to his treatment of his own...

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