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Your unwanted child can lead you straight to your deathbed. This situation occurs quite

frequently in the world and it also occurs during the novel Frankenstein. In the story

Frankenstein we see this situation occur to the protagonist Victor Frankenstein; this situation

shows the theme of parenthood for the story. We see Victor's parenting skills, or in this case the

lack of these skills. Ignoring the monster was unintentionally Victor's way of teaching the

monster. By doing this the monster was a complete disaster. The process of parenting includes

situations of his responsibilities, how he feels about the so-called child, and the process of

somehow eliminating the child.

Mary Shelley's life was very important in the creation of Frankenstein. Mary was in love

with Percy Bysshe Shelley and they would soon conceive a child together. While pregnant,

Shelley was challenged to write a ghost story; the story would soon become the novel

Frankenstein. Shelley was excited at the thought of becoming a mother. She had the child two

months early, and unfortunately this would soon become an issue because the baby would die.

Shelley, at this point, would sink into a very dark state of depression; in some ways the death of

the child was good for creating a dark atmosphere in the Frankenstein.

In the beginning of the novel Victor is in love with his creation. He is very excited

about it, wanting to love it and cherish it forever. This feeling towards the monster is short

lived when the monster rose from his slumber and Victor rejects his creation immediately. Victor

isn't hesitant at all, rejecting the monster after realizing how hideous the monster is. This is a

move many people today would have done. We see the time and love he gives to the monster.

This love is exactly the same as the love a mother gives to her unborn child. A mother hopes for

the best for her child when it comes to their appearance, athletic ability, an intelligence.

Human nature shows everybody cannot be considered "normal". But from what I see, if a child

does not live up to expectations, then parents of today, and of the past, in many ways reject the

child or simply give up on them. So clearly the monster did not live up to Victor's expectations.

Victor simply gives up like many of the present day parents would have.

We know that Victor simply did not like the monster, but there a lot of mixed

emotions that are involved. For example, when the monster awakens, he feels scared for his life

and Victor runs away in fear and later feels ashamed of what he has done creating such a beast.

This action makes the monster angry to the point where he has started murdering innocent

people. The monster's emotion is very similar to today's rebellious child, like having a family

that rejects him giving him an excuse to do bad things. The monster compares to many 21st

century children by the isolation they feel. In Chapter 15 the monster meets a blind man and

says, "I am an unfortunate and deserted creature,



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