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Frankenstein: Nature vs. Nurture

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Transcript of Frankenstein: Nature vs. Nurture

By: Mary Shelley
Frankenstein
Nurture
Works Cited
- The creature began life fresh and innocent similar to that of a newborn

-The creature became a true "monster" after enduring hatred from humans he longed to be like

- The effect of his abandonment from the rest of society, it leads him to become malicious and a murderer
It isn't until the creature discovers the De Laceys that he begins to grasp basic emotions (happiness and sadness)
He stopped taking their food once it became aware to him that "in doing this inflicted pain on the cottagers."
He begins to experience the same troubles as them as if they were his immediate family
At first, he thinks very highly of the De Laceys since they provide him with a "kind" basis of how humans are
If he were truly born a monster, it is very unlikely that he would have any capacity of love or kindness
De Laceys
Victor is seen as his "father figure" and after being rejected by his own creator, the feeling of pain only taunts the creature further
The only way the creature knows how to cope with his pain to lash out on mankind who does not accept him for who he is, even Victor
The lack of parenting and acceptance is what leads the creature to a path of destruction
He requests a woman companion, but is denied existence of her creation during the process
Father Figure
"I am malicious because I am miserable."
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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. Austin: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, n.d. Print.

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Nature vs. Nurture
Beginning Stages of Life
"I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars...in my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain."
Exudes the monster's inexperienced actions while trying to explore and understand his environment

"No distinct ideas occupied my mind."
"Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind."
Nurture
Mary Shelley created the creature with a blank slate and his personality was shaped by the events in his life
The creature's environment whether is was good or bad, impacted his personality
The lack of love, and a combination of isolation and hatred, led the creature to turn towards a path of destruction
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