Nature And Nurture In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Over the years the lasting debate has been whether values or evils play a bigger role in the scientific exploration and development of the human race. Supporters of the side favoring values believe that humans are born evil, as if it is evolutionary programming. As to supporters of evils are defined through harmful and pernicious acts. The author of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley believes the opposing side of this debate. The novel takes place in an eerie setting, with gothic and romantic elements of literature. Victor Frankenstein, assembles a creature out of body parts from corpses. Due to abandonment the creature turns into a monster that despises the human race. Throughout the novel various events depict the dramatic change from the creature …show more content…
Whether one is born to earth or is a creation, such as the creature, nurture is imperative and vital to growing up or there will be many repercussions. Rather than nurturing his creation, Victor Frankenstein says, “When I [think] of him I [gnash] my teeth, my eyes [become] inflamed, and I ardently [wish] to extinguish that life which I had so thoughtlessly bestowed” (Shelley 62). These are no words from a man that nurture their loved ones, but words towards a fiend. When the creature sees Frankenstein in the valley, the creature says, “Will no intreaties cause thee to turn a favourable eye upon thy creature, who implores thy goodness and compassion? Believe me, Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but I am not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator, abhor me…” (Shelley 69). Consistent lack of nurture leads to evil consequences in a being. The creature pours his heart out to Victor not being there for him, yet he still does not obtain the attention and consolation he deserves and needs in order to fully function in the real world. At this point, the creature is so hurt and says, “You accuse me of murder, and yet you would, with a satisfied conscience, destroy your own creature” (Shelley 69). Not only does Victor say uncouth, ill-mannered comments to his creation, but abandons him only in hopes of him dying. Evil has taken over the previous values of scientific exploration, causing the creature to question, “Why do you call to my remembrance… (Creature gets cut off by Victor) “Circumstances, of which I shudder to reflect, that I have been the miserable origin and author? Cursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light!” (Shelley 69). What was once a major accomplishment of Victor is now being expressed as a burden. Malicious words pour out from Victor’s mouth like a waterfall, which does nothing but lead the creature to act out

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