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How does Victor cope with the death of his mother in Shelly's Frankenstien?

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Posted May 12, 2013 at 9:51 PM via web

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How does Victor cope with the death of his mother in Shelly's Frankenstien?

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kipling2448 | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted May 13, 2013 at 1:02 AM (Answer #1)

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Not surprisingly given the closeness of the Frankenstein family, the death of Victor's mother was a source of great sadness.  As Victor himself described the evolution of his emotions, grief was soon followed by bitterness, which was in turn followed by a resurgent need to get on with his life.  For Victor, that meant beginning his journey to Ingolstadt to commence his studies.  

Victor's sadness resulting from the death of his mother, however, would never entirely go away.  Her death, in fact, would prove the first in a long line of tragic events with which Victor would have to cope.  In this, he was comforted somewhat by his cousin, Elizabeth, who lived with the family and who, it was understood, would eventually marry Victor.  The death of his mother could also be said to have contributed to the extreme determination with which he pursued his research into the possibility of reanimating dead tissue.

My mother's tender caresses and my father's smile of benevolent pleasure while regarding me are my first recollections. I was their plaything and their idol, and something better—their child, the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by heaven,...

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