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In Frankenstein we can see that there are many examples of parenting. We can see that the relationships are always in some ways different to what we can "normal" parenting.

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Parenting in Frankenstein In Frankenstein we can see that there are many examples of parenting. We can see that the relationships are always in some ways different to what we can "normal" parenting. The characters in "Frankenstein" all experience parent problems and all the "mother" figures in the book are killed. This relates to the author, Mary Shelley. Her mother died while she was giving birth, and Mary was extremely fond of her mother's memory. Her father married again when Mary was only three, which she resented. We do not know very much about Walton's childhood. He does not talk of his mother, but we know some things about his father, we know that Walton was very passionate about reading but his education was neglected. Walton's uncle had a library that he would borrow books from; from here he read about voyages and this sparked his interest in exploring. When Walton's father was dying he told his uncle not to let Walton pursue his dream about becoming an explorer. ...read more.

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The monster to Victor would be someone/thing that would love him like his mother had. Caroline had been the daughter of Beaufort. She came from a poor but dignified family. Her father loved her very much be he too could be considered as a "bad" parent. Beaufort was extremely proud of his status and therefore would not change to a job of less "importance". This forced Caroline to go out and work to help support the family. This did not stop Caroline and her father loving each other and when Beaufort was dying Caroline had sat with him until his death, leaving her an orphan. We never hear of Caroline's mother and Caroline grew up without a "mother figure". Caroline agrees to marry Alphonse after her father's death. Alphonse is somewhat old when the two marry, but never the less they had a happy marriage. Elizabeth is a poor orphan girl that the Frankenstein's adopt. Both her parents die, and so she is taken into he care of the Frankenstein's. ...read more.

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He soon learns that firs are not to be touched because they hurt. The creature also learns how distinguish different foods. "I distinguished the insect from the herb, and by degrees, one herb from the other" page 81 The monster also learns how to love; he feels love for the De Lacey family and helps them by gathering firewood and harvesting some of their crops for them. He experiences this love for a family but at the same time he is unloved. The theme of parenting in "Frankenstein" is very strong, but is ironic in the way that none of the characters have a mother figure. Mary Shelley might have done this because when she was 10 days old her mother died. Justine is given a mother but her mother is mean and unloving towards her. This might represent Mary Shelley's stepmother. She was constantly trying to pull apart Mary and her father, so the only mother figure in the story is portrayed as being callous and uncaring. From the story we can see that it is wrong to abandon your child because they will turn out evil and come after you for revenge. ...read more.

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