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How are family and domestic affection explored in Mary Shelleys Frankenstein

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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.

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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.

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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.

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