Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein Essay

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Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein

Responsibility is the key to experimentation, those lacking the maturity fail. In Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein experiments in creating life. However creating a monster, the reader finds out that Victor is not mature enough to handle the responsibility of his actions. Even though Victor Frankenstein is the creator/father of the monster, he has characteristics of a child and the monster has the maturity of an adult.
When Henry Clerval arrives at Frankenstein’s door after his experimenting, he experiences Victor’s child-like actions. As Victor explains, “I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place; I jumped over the chairs, clapped my hands, and laughed aloud.”(36) This
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The monster was reaching out for what seemed to be his father. Not knowing fully the actions, Victor ran as a scared child would from a frightening movie. Victor kept the secret of his creation from anyone that should know of this discovery and disaster, which affects his health directly. At the beginning of Volume II chapter 1 Victor tells of his guilty conscious and feeling remorse. He told of how it affected his physical and mental health. This illustrates how Victor is afraid of telling the truth because of the consequences that might ensue. Victor is acting childish by keeping this secret where in fact he should take responsibility. A child does the same thing when they commit a terrible deed.
In conversing and interacting with his father in the third volume, Victor assumes a child-like state. Victor is in jail because he is accused of murder. “My father!”(125) he cried, “Is my father, indeed come? How kind. How very kind. But where is he, why does he not hasten to me?” Victor has been jailed and now is awaiting the arrival of his father. When his father arrived Victor was overjoyed and relieved. This scene looks like that of a child in jail waiting for his father for bail. Victor is anxiously waiting help from his father who seems to be the only one he can help now. Victor was nervous and thinks that now his father is there everything will be alright. Later in the book Victor is talking to his father about being responsible for the

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