• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How are family and domestic affection explored in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

How are family and domestic affection explored in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein? Shelley's portrayal of childhood and domestic affection are explored by the use of her characters in the novel. She does this by setting the scene of the story in a town called Geneva. Geneva was a residence taken up by free thinkers and writers, of which she was one of them. Shelley describes the Victor as Genevese by birth, and relates his family and personal history, describing his parents and his childhood. Shelley describes Victor's childhood as perfect, "No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself". Shelley here uses Victors parents to show their love and affection upon Victor. They themselves saw Victor as " a helpless creature, bestowed on them by heaven" Victor then goes about describing the circumstances of his cousin 'Elizabeth' and how he looked upon her as his to "protect, love, and cherish" This gives me incite that Victor is having his first real experience of what caring for another, in a loving way is like. Victor then describes his own youthful character and charisma as well as those of his companions. Elizabeth is seen as calmer than Victor and appreciates poetry and the beauty of nature, while the passionate Victor is "capable of intense application and was more ...read more.

Middle

and without the love and affection the new born needed, he was doomed to fight back against the disapproval. "All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us". Here the creature is expressing his views on the situation that he entwined in, and how Victor's response only exacerbated things. "Do your duty towards me, and I will do mine towards you and the rest of mankind" Shelley has put this in to show the comparison of the monsters upbringing, and that of Victors. She implies that Victor is not doing the duties a creator, or parent should do for one's offspring. The creature's first experiences were of his designer, cowering away from him, shouting abuse as if he was a spawn of the devil, and cursing his very existence. The monster flees from Victors abode, and tries to get as far away from the public eye as possible. The monster's early days are unclear to him as he tries to gain control over the knowledge of his body and senses, as according to Victor he is a "poor, helpless, miserable wretch", All the monster desired from Victor was a decent upbringing, and an explanation for his creation. ...read more.

Conclusion

on you only had I any claim for pity and redress" This shows us that from the way Victor dismissed him, it was the cause of so much hatred and anger when rejection happens all over again to the creature. The creature has learned aggression and deception through his exposure to society and his education. Shelley has included this to give us an image of what is would have been like to have not been brought up with love and affection from our parents, and to not have had the memories and experiences we do now. Without these the creature could not comprehend his existence, and makes the need to be with his father more apparent. To conclude Mary Shelley has captured the essence of why family and domestic affection are so important during our lives, as without it she has given us a fictitious example of what we might turn out like. The use of the creature gives us a clear understanding that he was not brought up in the way we all take for granted, and how such small things we don't blink an eyelid to, make such a significant effect on our lives. Victor's denial and rejection of the creature shows me how hard it would be to bring up something you weren't entirely convinced you wanted, and you could cope with. ?? ?? ?? ?? Michael Bell 11C English Coursework Mr Anderson 1/4 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Mary Shelley essays

  1. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    The bodily features of the monster, are described as un-natural, this is initially shown to us through imagery. The phrase 'dull yellow eye' suggests that the body is an un-natural and that it is also breaking the laws of god and man as it is an unhealthy and unusual sight.

  2. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    In this film language is very important. It helps the films integrity as gothic horror film, as apposed to horror. The language used at the beginning is telling a story, e.g. Frankenstein telling his past. During the film the language is very proper, it is very appropriate for the period it is set in.

  1. Who, in your opinion, is the real monster of Mary Shelleys Frankenstein. Is it ...

    There are also striking parallels between her family life and that of Victor. According to letters from Mary's father, her childhood was as pleasant as it could have been, where Victor states himself that "No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself."

  2. How is the role of the family and domestic affection explored in Frankenstein

    Through the theme of birth and creation, Shelley criticises Victor, not only for creating the new being, but also for abandoning it when it comes to life. Victor first wishes to create the being because he thinks "A new species would bless me as its creator and source ...

  1. Examine Mary Shelley's presentation of the relationship between Frankenstein and the creature!

    This is very much like the love Frankenstein seems to have for his monster and only further powers the suggestion that the months of toil have produced a seed of love within him; it is this love that causes him to break down at the failure of the reanimation process.

  2. Who is the Monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

    This parallels Victor's actions in that he took on the role of God by attempting to create life itself. The "wretch" is instantly rejected by Frankenstein who then seeks revenge by becoming a savage murderer. The creature accidentally kills Frankenstein's brother, William, and frames Justine, a fellow adoptee of the

  1. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

    The picture by Joseph Wright shows a group of wealthy people dressed up in their finest clothes to watch an experiment. It was an experiment on a bird in an air pump. Mary Shelley would have done this and found it very enjoyable and entertaining.

  2. Is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein typicalof the horror genre?

    This also makes the monster sound very frightening and this adds to the horror atmosphere in the novel. As Victor Frankenstein keeps referring to him as a "d�mon" he also seems to be evil, this is very typical of the horror genre, as there is normally an evil being that tries to destroy the rest of the characters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work