Being Human Is Embracing Imperfection And The Consequences Thereof

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Being human means embracing imperfection and the consequences thereof. The monster in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein strived to develop human characteristics and behavior, but was still not accepted. A human character, Safie, suffered through the same issues of problematic father figures and the need for language acquisition and development. Safie, however, was not only accepted by those around her, but well liked, too. Two beings with such significant issues in common should be quite similar in character and life experience. However, the surrounding circumstances of their lives results in two very different characters.
There have been many behavioral and scientific studies on the subject of families and youth in general lacking a father figure. Often these studies conclude that many undesirable traits and negative behaviors can be associated with the absence of a father figure within a family, “Youths in father-absent households still had significantly higher odds of incarceration” (Harper). This claim would hold true with Victor Frankenstein’s monster, if he could have been caught and tried for the murders he committed as an attempt to find reparation through revenge. Safie, however, had a criminal for a father and committed no crimes herself other than aiding his escape from prison. In contrast, however, Frankenstein abandons his monster, whereas Safie’s father tries, unsuccessfully, to keep her with him. This difference between the lives of the two characters is expanded…

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