Consequences of Poor Parenting
“Yet you my creator, detest, and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” (Shelly 121). The creature from the novel Frankenstein expresses his feelings towards his creator and he means that he and his creator are linked until death. His creator, Victor, is obsessed with creating life, which leads him to creating this creature, and failing to take care of his responsibility towards the creature. The responsibilities of a parent like Victor are to provide the role of support and nurturing care and guidance for their offspring. In both the novel Frankenstein and modern times, it is demonstrated that poor parenting leads to negative consequences such as rejection, revenge, and death.
Rejection, revenge, and death are not the only negative results for Victor and his family. As being raised as an only child, it was obvious Victor was extremely spoiled. “I was their plaything and their idol, and something better- their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven, whom to bring up to good, and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct to happiness or misery, according as they fulfilled their duties towards me..”(Shelly 41). In this excerpt, Victor explains how his parents treated him and what he felt like their duties as a parent were. When Victor refers to himself being his parents “plaything” it lets readers know his parents were more like a friend than parent towards him. Clearly, spoiling and giving children everything they want isn’t the only responsibility of a parent. In this case it only resulted in Victor becoming out of control and monstrous.
As a result of Victor being out of control, he begins to have an obsession of creating life. Victor had worked tirelessly for nearly two years to give life to his creation. It was from haunting charnel houses, dissecting rooms, and slaughterhouses that Victor obtained the...