In Frankenstein, in what ways are Victor Frankenstein and the monster he creates different in their life experiences?

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Shelley makes a point of showing that Victor grew up in the bosom of a loving home, with parents who cared deeply about him. He had friends and a fiancee. He was physically attractive and surrounded by affection. He had the opportunity go to a university and pursue his passion for science.

In stark contrast, the monster is rejected by his "parent," Victor, who recoils from him in horror and runs off, abandoning his "child." This rejection repeats itself in the monster's life. The monster is on his own in terms of obtaining food, shelter, resources, and knowledge. He learns by spying on a loving family. Nobody offers him love, support, or kindness. Even the kindest people treat him as a horror.

The monster was wrong to kill the people Victor loved, but Victor ran away from his responsibility to care for and nurture the being he had created. This is all the more shocking considering how Victor expresses his appreciation of his own loving family.



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Victor and the monster have very different life experiences. Victor grew up in a loving home with people who adored him and with a true friend in Henry Clerval. He was accepted for who he was and at at early age probably knew who he would marry. His family was well of and allowed him to study what he wanted and even to go to the university. The monster,on the other hand, was rejected from the moment he was created. He must teach himself everything, including how to read and survive in a hostile environment. He is rejected because of his appearance everywhere he goes and even though he is kind to people, they assume he is evil. He has no friends, no family and no social support system.

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