The Role of Parenting in Frankenstein College

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the parent-child relationships that are introduced are surprisingly critical to the manner the novel plays out. Through each literal and metaphorical pair, the course the child leads is in direct relation to the quality of the parenting. Elizabeth and Victor have very virtuous parents and, as a result, live very positive and fulfilling lives. Likewise, Henry acts as a caring parent to Victor and tends to him, keeping him away from death. However, Frankenstein’s monster receives no basic parenting from his creator leading to tension and turmoil. Justine bridges the gap between kind, warm-hearted parenting and cruel, neglectful parenting being under the care of the Frankensteins and her birth mother. Through her and the other characters of the novel, it becomes clear that love and caring from parental roles are so abundantly important for the wellbeing of their children that a lack of can have deleterious consequences.

Elizabeth receives excellent care from Alphonse and Caroline Frankenstein and lives well throughout her young life. When Caroline first notice Elizabeth in the home of a peasant family, she feels an obligation to take Elizabeth under her and raise her as a Frankenstein....

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