Abandonment indicates a parent’s choice to have no part in his or her offspring’s life. This includes failure to support the child financially and emotionally, as well as failure to develop a relationship with his or her child. Sadly, parental abandonment leaves a child with doubt and uncertainty about the future.
Throughout his or her life, this particular child could suffer from lasting questions of self-worth. In the opposite direction, the child could learn to resent his or her parents and remain incapable of trusting anyone.Regardless, intentional negligence of children leaves them with an unbearable pain that they must carry around for the rest of their lives. Child-care and the consequences of parental abandonment are predominant themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
In the novel, Frankenstein – Mary Shelley presents an idea about the negative effects on children from the absence of a nurturing figure and fatherly love. To demonstrate this theory in Frankenstein, Shelley focuses on Victor Frankenstein’s attempt to create life, which results in a horrid monster or “child”.Victor chooses to create a monster out of his own selfish reasons and leaves him behind in a cruel, unforgiving world. Unlike the monster, Victor had a comfortable childhood.
Born to parents who loved him and a wealth of people who supported him, Victor receives excessive attention, allowing him to adjust easily. Frankenstein’s mother died while he was young. She was the only character to die peacefully: “She died calmly, and her countenance expressed affection even in death (Shelley, 33). ” He saw his mother with compassion and her death infuriated him; he referred to death as evil and fully intended on fixing that.
When Frankenstein went away to study in college, his life drastically took a turn of events without the presence of his parents. Despite his good intentions, Frankenstein created a mess of a human being. Unfortunately, the monster was the epitome of ugliness. Also, he was forced upon this world by a student overcome by grief over the loss of a beloved one.
The first lesson the monster ever learned came from Victor Frankenstein. Whenever the monster turned to his master for love and comfort, he was turned away with fear. As soon as Frankenstein saw his epulsive countenance, he ran away into the dark of the night. Right away, the monster was denied any form of nurture that could have potentially changed the plot of the novel.
After stumbling upon a few unpleasant strangers, the monster only desired acceptance from human society with the help of the cottagers: “The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be loved and known by these amiable creatures (Shelley, 133). ” Some parents such as Victor begin ignoring their children from the very beginning.If kids don’t receive nurture from an early age, their personalities are shaped by the way they are treated: “These family disruptions are much more strongly related to feelings of fewer social supports and more negative moods and feelings (Science Blog). ” Without guidance from his “father”, the monster attempted to make a place for himself into society.
The monster’s heroic rescue of the little girl illustrates his good heart and innocence; even though his mind was slightly disturbed, all he needed was for someone to reciprocate his love.Giving undying support to a child is detrimental to their development. Parents play a huge role in their child’s life and should be present as much as possible: “A recent poll by the nonpartisan research organization Public Agenda reports that the majority of parents believe the best care for children is parental care. They believe that too many of today’s children suffer from a deficit of parental time, attention and loving guidance.
.. (Apples for Health). ” Sadly, isolated children never receive a proper childhood and are haunted by past events.
By deserting the monster, Frankenstein ruins both their lives, ending the novel with a series of disastrous events. Besides the initial pain of loss, parental abandonment has irreparable long-term consequences. This could be in the form of sadness or anger. Feeling responsible for the loss of their parents, children could have an extremely low self-esteem and uncertainty about their self-worthiness.
On the extreme end, the monster can’t even bear to look at his reflection.He is constantly questioning the reason for his existence in this world: “My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What does this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to resolve them (Shelley, 129). ” Similar to the monster, children are left confused and unclear about their future.
Correspondingly, another potential consequence can occur from the lack of guardians. The child could develop a miserable personality, vowing to hold a grudge on their parents for the rest of his or her life.Darkened by constant anger and hatred, they have a hard time letting anyone into their lives: “Alienated children typically appear rude, ungrateful, spiteful, and cold toward the targeted parent, and they appear to be impervious to feelings of guilt about their harsh treatment (Social Work Today). ” As much as he wants to forgive his creator, the monster scorns Frankenstein for his inability to provide him with a life full of happiness.
After destroying the monster’s probable companion, Frankenstein gets what he deserves.Enraged by the loss of his chance at love, the monster murders Elizabeth, destroying Victor’s chance at love. Through the characters of the monster and Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley stresses the destructive impact of parental abandonment on children. Although the examples in the novel are unrealistic, Shelley undisputedly emphasizes the importance of parental presence .
Victor Frankenstein becomes obsessed with the idea of avoiding death; however, he cannot handle the responsibility he has towards his creation.Indirectly, Frankenstein transforms an innocent creature into a despised fiend. Without love his in life, the monster was destined to an ill fate. The monster desperately tried to fit in but could not tolerate the ill-treatment, which became the source of his wrath.
Ultimately, Victor’s ignorance and the monster’s rage ended their wretched lives. In the novel, Victor describes his creation as “the demonical corpse to which I had so miserably given life (Shelley, 50). Ironically, the monster probably thinks the same way about Frankenstein.
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