Nature Vs Nurture In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The themes of nature vs nurture in Frankenstein

“ Abhorred monster! fiend that thou art! the tortures of hell are too mild of vengeance for thy crimes” ( Shelley 94). It is significant to the story as it is constantly referred to as a monster. Because of this, the creature always gets hated for its looks and therefore has a hard time surviving in an environment full of people. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein tells the story of a misunderstood creature who gets judged for his appearance which causes him to wreak havoc and seek revenge on his creator. In the beginning, he starts out as a lost creature who has difficulty finding out who he is. As he doesn 't know who he is, the society around him treats him as it was a monster and that is how he turns into one. By looking at three main areas (or the beginning, middle , end) of the novel, it is clear to see the ideas of nature versus nurture which is important because the monster undergoes changes as a result of his environment.

The theme of nature versus nurture is evident when the creature was first active in the novel. When the creature was first created, it was very confused and lost with out knowing what even the world was like. It thought to itself, “I was a poor, helpless, miserable wretch; I knew and could distinguish nothing; but feeling pain invaded me on all sides, I sat down and wept.” (
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The theme of nature vs nurture played a huge role in the novel. Especially nurture as it turned the creature from friendly to seeking revenge against its creator by killing innocent people as it did not know any better. The novel Frankenstein teaches people that just because if anyones born ugly doesn 't mean that anyone should be treated differently for their

appearance. A lot of people called Frankenstein’s creation monster, creature, beast, etc just because of its

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