The Importance Of Motherhood In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a remarkable science fiction. The theme of motherhood reflects the influence of parenting on children. Mothers are expected to take a more physical role rather than just take care of their children by nursing. The parenting style has a profound meaning on building children’s qualities and personalities. Victor’s parents give him unlimited love that allows him to do anything. He lacks instruction and awareness of responsibility to others. After his mother’s death, Victor decides to create the creature to discover the meaning of life. The reason why he does this insane action based on this personalities and concepts in the process of growing up. The overindulged child only concentrates on himself. Furthermore, Sherry …show more content…
Knowledge can enrich one’s mind, but if it is used in a wrong way, it could be a disaster. Victor’s parents encouraged him to pursue knowledge. In consequence Victor enjoys himself greatly in reading books. He educates himself and finishes most of his studies independently. Victor shows great interests in a book by Cornelius Agrippa, which stimulates Victor’s interest in alchemy. When he shares this book with his father, his father says “Ah! Cornelius Agrippa! My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash” (22). Although his father is well-educated, and “respected by all who knew him for his integrity and indefatigable attention to public business” (18), he fails to give the proper guidance when Victor faces choice. His mother definitely is devoted and caring to him, but the motherhood could not reach his deep soul and understanding about world. They failed to know Victor’s change, guide him and explain that alchemy is not allowed. Victor himself also realizes that the importance of guidance in his development, stating “But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its content; and I continued to read with the greatest avidity” (22). The irrelevant signal makes Victor continue study alchemy, as he is not satisfied with his father’s response. Although Victor’s parents deeply love him, they offer little guidance on study. The lack of guidance in his adolescence impacts greatly on his following life. It is a good warn to today’s parents that if their children are not properly guided, they will probably fail to proper develop into intelligent, healthy and happy adults. Shelly shows readers by Victor’s story how important the parental guide is. The love and caring for children is not enough. Being parents does not simply mean feed them, providing best living environment. Most importantly, the proper

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