Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is a story that explores issues of isolation, domestic affection and the many hardships of society, it was published in 1818. Mary shelly wrote the book two years before but had problems getting it published, as women did not have the power to publish novels, it was the males in society who had the power to publish novels at the time. During the time Mary shelly was writing the novel there had been a French revolution overseas in America and the Declaration of independence had been instated.
Many of the characters in Frankenstein may portray the actions of the changes in the world at the time. Mary shelly explores the nature nurture debate through Victor the creature and the delaceys. The nature nurture argument addresses lots of different and conflicting views in the development of children. Many people believe that people are born evil and that there is nothing as parents they can do about it. But many believe this is laziness shown by the parents of that child and they believe that the child becomes good or evil, due to the amount of love and protective guidance given to the child from its Parents.
Shelley teaches us all well the long-range effects of spoiling a child to the extreme in her novel Frankenstein. Set in the mid-19th century, the novel details the life of Victor Frankenstein, Justine, Elizabeth, the delaceys and the monster he created to tackle issues of isolation, domestic affection and the many hardships of society. However, it also serves as a model of the ultimate repercussions of overindulging children. Like Victor, many grow into self-centered, self-serving adults He is a boy who wanted for nothing, and who was wholly and completely indulged, allowed to do as he pleased.
“Were not tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed”? All of this, while seemingly idyllic, gave Victor a sense of godlike importance, “bestowed on them by Heaven,” like a gift from God. Everything in his life revolves around him, and the only thing that really matters in the world, as he perceives it, is himself and his happiness. We can explore this debate and different domestic affections through the treatment of victor from his parents, and then Victor’s treatment of the creature.
Victor childhood is somewhat idealistic it is the perfect family structure and bond between the parents and the Victor the child. . Victor, as the first child, spent the first years of his life as an only child, born into an aristocratic family and showered with affection. “I remained for several years their only child”, his parents drew “inexhaustible stores of affection from a every mine of love to bestow upon me”. This shows that Victor’s family care for him so much. They want to do everything in their power to make him feel safe and happy. This shows great love and domestic affection for Victor.