Mary Shelley Essay

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Mary Shelley





Mary Shelley's Frankenstein:  Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The
Modern Prometheus is a true classic, one which has passed the test of time. The
story of Frankenstein has been told and retold, generation
after generation
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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus is a true classic, one
which has passed the test of time. The story of
Frankenstein has been told and retold, generation after generation. Not only
is the story line itself intriguing but the story has
many underlying themes that invoke thought and controversy. Depending upon
your individual perspective one might see the
underlying theme as a warning to the scientific community to question the
morality of their scientific advancements in light of the
betterment of mankind and society as a whole. Another reader, might view the
underlying theme as referring to interpersonal
relationships between men and women. From my own perspective as a parent and
mother of two children, I perceive the most
prevalent underlying theme to be that of parenting. This novel illustrates
and confronts many issues involving the dynamics of
parent-child relationships. Such as child abandonment, child neglect, the
dangers of spoiling your child, and their resulting
influences on the child's emotional and psychological development.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein clearly demonstrates the importance of attachment
and bonding between the mother and the
child for normal childhood development.. Shelley does this by identifying the
negative effects of depriving a child of a nurturing
mother. Without mothering a child's capacity to trust others and commit to
loving relationships diminishes resulting in social
isolation later in life. More important, the lack of a loving education
deprives a child of developing a clear and comprehensive
understanding of human morality. A child that does not possess an adequate
moral understanding often dissociates themselves
from their feeling of anger and guilt resulting in unrepentive violence. This
is validated in the story by the demon's inability to
form any type of loving relationship and the demon's subsequent moral
failings resulting in violent outburst which legitimizes
societies condemnation of the demon as a social outcast. Thus, Mary Shelley
suggest that a rejected and unmothered child can
become violent and even a killer, a monster so to speak.
The Monster is not the only character in Frankenstein to find themselves
motherless. There is a conspicuous absence of
mothers throughout the book. Victor's best friend, Henry Clerval, is
motherless and spends most of his formidable years
reared by the Frankenstein household as Henry's father had little time for
him. Victor's mother, Caroline who is herself
orphaned, dies a few months before he goes away to study at the university in
Ingolstadt. Elizabeth, Victor's fiancé, is adopted
by the Frankenstein family after she is orphaned due the death of her mother.
William Frankenstein's nursemaid, Justine, is not
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