Shelley seems also to be showing the reader that self-education is not always a good thing. He sees the love and care that the family show towards each other, and watching them together, he also feels emotions which he has not experienced before.
The creature learns something different about life from each book. The cosseting he has received as a child has led him to grow into adulthood with no true sense of responsibility for his actions. From his position in the hovel, through a crevice, he can observe the family who live in the hut.
The creature has received no affection whatsoever, only rejection. They regard him as being, "bestowed on them by heaven", and recognise that his future, "was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery".
You, my creator, would tear me to pieces, and triumph; remember that and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? So without any supervision, he engrosses himself in his studies, concentrating on the more altruistic side of alchemy — the secret of eternal life.
However, having decided to try and create life by scientific methods, he isolates himself from any friendly support and advice he may have received from Clerval, and the professional opinions of his tutors. As a young child, it could be said that Victor Frankenstein is indulged and spoilt by his parents, and later on by his adopted sister, Elizabeth and his friend, Henry Clerval.
My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. He tells Frankenstein, I am malicious because I am miserable. This last experience teaches him to be cautious of interaction with humans, and he decides to take refuge in a hovel which is built onto the back of a forest hut, but not to make his presence there known to the inhabitants.
To benefit from an exchange of ideas or another perspective on their studies. His first experience of Victor, his parent and maker is one of rejection, and this sets the pattern for his life.
He has, in effect, been cast out like Adam and Eve before him. No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. His emotions are no longer purely based on his own basic needs and his senses. At the beginning of chapter two, Victor describes his childhood thus: Whereas, in the beginning his education had been, for the most part experiential, he is now able to follow these lessons.
He might have spoken, but I did not hear; one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me page 57 In all probability, the creature was reaching out, as a small child does to their mother, but his ugly appearance only frightened Victor into running away.
He first appreciates the beauty of M. At university in Ingolstadt he is persuaded that alchemy has been superseded by natural philosophy, and his aptitude for science impresses both students and tutors alike. Now he can see himself as others see him.“The Annotated Frankenstein should appeal to scholars familiar with the novel as well as those exploring it for the first time.
The editors, Susan J. Wolfson and Ronald Levao, situate the novel in its philosophical, literary, biographical and historical contexts, and provide apt illustrations and useful appendices (including examinations of the revised.
What can be learned about Mary Shelley's views on parenting, child development and education through reading Frankenstein.Download