Frankenstein’s failure at parenting that leads to the creation of a MonsterFor decades, a parent’s care and treatment gives shape to their child’s development and whole being, which is why it is important for a parent to fulfill their parental obligations and to give their loving care during their child’s infancy.
Victor’s desire to usurp the role of God, leads to his creation of a grotesque creature which causes him to recoil in horror, so he abandoned his work, resulting in his failure to mother “his child”. Victor Frankenstein’s creation became a monster because of his total failure at parenting by feeling horrified about the monster’s physical appearance, abandoning his child and not considering how his creation will survive among human beings, being unable to sympathize with the creature, rejecting his creation in its times of need,and not considering whether he is in any way responsible for the creature’s development. Victor Frankenstein’s creature became a monster due to his failure of accepting “his child” because of its deformed and hideous appearance. When Victor finishes in bringing his creation to life, he observes its birth: “But now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley 58). In this scene, it shows Victor’s feeling of terror and disgust to the outcome of his work. His dream of having a creature that will “bless” him and be filled with “gratitude” just like a normal human being was abolished once he saw what he created and this was contrast to his expectations.Throughout the days of his experiments, he never considered the possibility that his creation would not appear from the wishes he wanted to receive which is why it is a shock for him to see the results of his work.
“But rather than clasping his newborn child to his breast in a nurturing Pidlaoan 2maternal gesture, he rushes out of the room, repulsed by the abnormality of his creation” (Mellor 46). This shows Victor’s act of irresponsibility by not reaching out to embrace his creation, and so not fulfilling his role as a parent. Instead, he flees in horror, since the creature was deformed, like parents who would abandon their disabled child. Besides Victor’s failure at parenting by his horification at the creature’s physical appearance, he also abandoned “his child”,without considering how his creation will live.Victor Frankenstein’s creation became a monster, due to his failure at parenting by abandoning his creation, and disregarding how it will survive among the human world. When the creature tells Victor his tale: “Here I lay by the side of a brook resting from my fatigue, until I felt tormented by hunger and thirst” (Shelley 105).
This shows how heartless Victor Frankenstein is as a parent, because he decides to abandon his creation without even regarding how it now lives in a torment of hunger and thirst. One of a parent’s major obligation is to provide their child’s basic needs which includes the food, the shelter, the child’s education, the love and care, and acceptance. On the contrary, these are the things the monster did not receive from his creator, as before mentioned. Furthermore, when the monster was having a conversation with Victor, he talks about his experience in proceeding to a village: “The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons” (Shelley 108,109).
This shows how unwary the monster is when entering the world of human beings. The unawareness of the monster shows how Victor never fulfilled his obligation as a parent by not teaching his creation about human nature and by not letting his creation know how harsh it is being among normal human beings. Aside from Victor’s failure at parenting by abandoning his creation and inconsideration to how it will survive among humans, the novel also shows Frankenstein’s inability to sympathize with “his child” after all the sufferings that he encountered.Pidlaoan 3Another reason why Victor Frankenstein’s creation became a monster is because of his failure to fulfil a parent’s obligation by not being able to sympathize with “his child” from all its sufferings. When the monster finishes its tale, Victor thought, “I could no longer suppress the rage burned within me” (Shelley 147). Instead of feeling sorry about the creature’s sufferings from human beings, Victor reacts with anger because of how the creature killed his loved ones. This shows that Frankenstein never considers his creation’s feelings and struggles. When Victor was having a conversation with the monster, he observes it’s face: “His face was wrinkled into contortions too horrible for human eyes to behold” (Shelley 148).
This shows that after the monster’s tale, Frankenstein is still concerned with his creation’s looks and so he is still disgusted by his creation, never showing any sympathy to his own child. At the end of the scene, he still refuses to comfort the creature physically and emotionally. This shows Victor’s act of irresponsibility as parent, not being able to feel what his child was feels. Other than Victor’s failure at parenting by being unable to sympathize with his creation from all its sufferings, he also failed to give the creature its own companion and the opportunity to live a normal life.Victor’s failure at parenting by rejecting his creation’s request of human companionship and failure to give him some sort of normal life is also shown.
When the monster is having a conversation with Victor, he requests: “I am alone, and miserable; man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself… My companion must be of the same species, and have the same defects. This being you must create” (Shelley 146). This scene shows how the monster longs for someone to be with him, due to the fact that his own parent, Victor Frankenstein, who is supposed to be his companion is not there during his development. When Victor finally finishes in creating the monster’s companion: “The wretch saw me destroy the creature on whose future existence he depended for happiness…” (Shelley 171). This shows how Victor still fails at giving companionship by not giving him the creature’s companion, which also leads to the monster’s dream of having a normal life far away from humans. Pidlaoan 4Victor assumes that the two creatures would share his egotistical desire to produce offspring who would kill all human beings but he never considers his creation’s part.
Besides Victor’s failure at parenting by rejecting his creation’s request of human companionship and failure to give him some sort of normal life, he also fails to realize whether he is in any way responsible for its development of being a monster.Victor Frankenstein’s creature becomes a monster due to his failure of considering whether he is responsible for its development of being evil. After the death of Victor’s wife and his father, he is awakened to revenge: “As the memory of past misfortunes pressed upon me, I began to reflect on their cause – the monster whom I had created, the miserable daemon whom I had sent abroad into the world for my destruction” (Shelley 179). This shows Victor’s extreme hatred towards his creature because of how the monster killed the people that he loves one by one, however, he never considers whether it is his fault for the creature’s act of revenge against him. Mellor states in her article about the cycle of being a bad parent: “Frankenstein represents a classic case of a battering parent who produces a battered child who in turn becomes a battering parent” (Mellor 48). This showcases the idea of Frankenstein’s bad parenting, that it had turned the creature to be evil because it was not disciplined by his creator during its infant days.
Therefore, Victor Frankenstein’s creation became a monster due to being horrified by his appearance and so making him a failure as a parent, abandoning “his child” and not considering how his creation will survive among human beings, his inability to sympathize with the monster’s feelings, by rejecting his creation’s request of having a companion and live a normal life, and lastly, by not considering whether he was responsible for his creation’s development of being a monster.Victor Frankenstein’s desire to possess the role of a God leads to his invention of a grotesque creature which causes him to recoil in horror, and so he abandons his work, resulting in his failure to fulfill his parental obligations, and failure to mother “his child”. Victor’s monster has its own feelings, and deserve to experience love and care just like everybody else. As Mellor said in her article, “A rejected and unmothered child can become a killer, especially the killer of its own parents, siblings and children” (Mellor 52).
This proves that because of Victor’s irresponsibility as a parent, he should be the one to be blamed for the creature’s development as a monster and for its revenge towards his creator’s loved ones. Victor has the right to express anger due to the loss of his loved ones, however, it is his fault for not raising his creation properly and for not being a good parent during the creature’s infant days. Overall, Victor’s failure of fulfilling his role as a parent leads to the development of “his child” into becoming a monster.