Please explain the following quote from Frankenstein: " In my education my father had taken the greatest precautions that my mind should be impressed with no supernatural horrors."

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Much irony can be found in the following quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein:

In my education my father had taken the greatest precautions that my mind should be impressed with no supernatural horrors.

The irony behind the quote lies in the fact that Victor's father sent him to Ingolstadt in order to prevent him from being influenced by the supernatural (but to be educated in the sciences). Instead, by attending university, Victor becomes even more obsessed with the study of sciences. While not his initial desire, Victor's studies lead him to a place where his entire life will be impressed upon by supernatural horrors.

Victor's studies give him the education and ability to reanimate life. It is through this new found knowledge that Victor is able to bring life to his creation. This creation, in essence, would not be regarded as human, or natural, by anyone (under any circumstances). The creature fails to be comparable to any of mankind. The creature was created by Victor to be

of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large.

One can be certain that anyone who sees the creature will not recognize it as a human. This can be supported through the creature's constant name-calling: monster, Satan (Devil), and ogre. For some, these entities are considered supernatural.

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crystalleem | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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Victor's dad was very careful to present him with only rational thinking. He kept him sheltered away from things that were supernatural or scary.

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