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Describe Victor’s relationship with his father in the novel Frankenstein. Do they have a healthy relationship? Why or why not?

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Alphonse Frankenstein, Victor's father, comes across as a gentle, responsible, and good-hearted man who is loving and indulgent towards his son and entire family. The family is wealthy, and Alphonse is pleased to finance Victor's studies.

Alphonse, a widower, is described as having an "upright mind," and he does present as especially level-headed. For example, words he says to Victor ring in Victor's mind as he neglects his friends and family in his singleminded pursuit of creating life from inanimate matter:

I know that while you are pleased with yourself you will think of us with affection, and we shall hear regularly from you. You must pardon me if I regard any interruption in your correspondence as a proof that your other duties are equally neglected.

As Victor states, he at first considers it wrong of his father to judge him for not staying in touch, but he later changes his mind, affirming his father's wisdom:

I then thought that my father would be unjust if he ascribed my neglect to...

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