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Victor Frankenstein's Influential Relationships. LD. Laura D'Aquila. Updated Alphonse & Caroline Frankenstein. The Creature. M. Waldman. Beaufort's daughter, Victor's mother, and Alphonse Frankenstein's wife. Caroline is an example of idealized womanhood: smart, kind, generous, and resourceful. Do they have a healthy relationship? Similarly, Alphonse Frankenstein, Victor's father, not only gave Victor a good family name, a fantastic upbringing, wealth.
Over the course of the story, however, Victor and the Creature shift roles in ways that challenge this dichotomy, acting at times as creator and created, subject and master respectivelyand as bitterly embroiled near-equals.
Parenting / Parent-Child Relationships
Additionally, the Creature himself is often considered an orphan, particularly in the moments when Victor is not serving as his de facto father. Over the course of the story, each of the aforementioned orphans save for the Creature follows a markedly similar trajectory, as each becomes quickly connected to a stable family unit following their orphanhood—Caroline and Safie through romantic relationships, Elizabeth through adoption, and Justine through servitude.
This suggests there is danger inherent in the isolation of orphanhood, which ought to be avoided through engagement with a one's community. Victor proceeds to recount how a similar affection was lavished upon him by both his father and his mother prior to her death over the course of his childhood. Victor later adds that he received not only affection from his parents, but intellectual guidance.
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He recalls in detail a discussion he and his father had concerning Cornelius Agrippa, whose writings on natural philosophy captivated young Victor. I should certainly have thrown Agrippa aside, and, with my imagination warmed as it was, should probably have applied myself to the more rational theory of chemistry which has resulted from modern discoveries.
It is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin. Shelley 22 Recollections like this one demonstrate the tenets of parenthood as Victor Frankenstein learned them, namely that parents must not only cultivate close relationships with their children, but act as moral and intellectual guides, both implicitly through their actions and explicitly through advice and conversation.
Moment of Creation Rather than rendering the creation scene from a scientific perspective and offering the methods Victor uses, Shelley chooses highly-sexualized terms of creation. As the process progresses, it moves from the language of conception into the language of pregnancy. Although Victor views the Creature as hideous upon birth, its actions are infantile and apparently non-threatening: Despite this, the parent-child relationship is strained from the moment the Creature first lives.
Leading up to this moment, Victor had clear, positive expectations: Argument on the Orkney Islands The argument between Victor and the Creature on one of the Orkney Islands signifies a significant change in the dynamic between the two.
He remarks to Victor: Slave, I before reasoned with you, but you have proved yourself unworthy of my condescension. Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you.Penny Dreadful - Dr. Victor Frankenstein
You are my creator, but I am your master;—obey! When his health left him, she nursed him until his death.
Alphonse & Caroline Frankenstein
When he died, she committed herself to taking care of Alphonse and became his wife. Then, she committed herself to their children, encouraged the adoption of Elizabeth, and took in Justine to live with them. When Elizabeth gets scarlet fever, Caroline cannot stay away from checking on her, which ends in her contraction of the fever and to her demise. This scene also ties into the theme of education.
After having children, Alphonse dedicated his life to educating them. When Victor talks of this moment with Walton, he almost seems to blame his father for his ruin.
However, during this moment, Alphonse Frankenstein did not clearly explain to his teenage son why Cornelius Agrippa's principles were irrelevant. He did not educate Victor about the modern science that had been introduced during the time and that had prevailed Agrippa. Victor says that if he had taught him about modern science, he "should probably have applied [himself] to the more rational theory of chemistry which has resulted from modern discoveries" Victor is left wondering whether or not he would have ever thought of trying to create life if Alphonse had explained his feelings about Agrippa thoroughly.
Alphonse was a successful public official, but he gave it all up for his family. He chose raising and educating his children over working. That becomes his duty. This trait alone contrasts Victor's character, who continuously leaves his family and fiance to pursue science.
Victor isolates himself from his family while Alphonse surrounds himself by family. Alphonse is portrayed as the ideal father figure.
However, that is how he is after Caroline dies too. He takes care of Elizabeth, Ernest, and William. He goes to Scotland to take care of Victor when he is sick.
While his children are growing up, he teaches them Latin and English. Alphonse thus believed in application. However, Alphonse also affects Victor poorly when instead of explaining his reasons to disregard Cornelius Agrippa's scientific principles, he just tells Victor to disregard him too. Felix falls in love with Safie and marries her in exchange for helping her father escape from prison.
When the monster enters his family's cottage in Germany, Felix pelts it with rocks and chases it away. Agatha De Lacey's daughter. She represents an ideal of womanliness: Safie The young Turkish "Arabian" whose beauty captivates Felix.
Though raised as a Muslim, she longs for a freer and happier life with Felix, a Christian. Margaret Saville Robert Walton's sister and the recipient of his letters, which frame the novel.
Waldman Victor's chemistry professor at Ingolstadt.
He supports Victor's pursuit of "natural philosophy," especially chemistry, and becomes a mentor to Victor. Krempe Victor's professor of natural philosophy at Ingolstadt. A short squat conceited man, Krempe calls Victor's studies "nonsense.