What important characteristics of his parents does Victor recognize but not imitate? Give examples to support your answer.

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In telling Robert Walton his story, Victor begins with his childhood and his parents--Caroline and Alphonse Frankenstein.  He tells how his mother was always visiting the poor and how she rescued Elizabeth Lavenza from her adopted family to bring her home to him.  He recognizes how doting and nurturing his parents are, and how utterly perfect his childhood is.  The only negative thing he mentions is how his father reacts when Victor praises the works of Albertus Magnus, Paracelsus and Cornelius Agrippa.  Alphonse tells Victor that he is wasting his time with these antiquated scientists without explaining why he felt this way.  Victor mentions that had his father explained the "why," perhaps he would not be in the situation he was in at the time of the story telling.

So, Victor recognizes that his parents were loving, nurturing, and doting parents.  They gave their children their time, money, and encouragement to fulfill their dreams of education and goals.  They did anything but abandon them after birth. 

Mary Shelley's definition of parenthood and the parent/child relationship included unconditional love and taking complete responsibility for the life created.  Obviously, Victor did not see his role in creating the creature as a parent/child relationship until the creature himself points out this connection when the point of view shifts from Victor's to the creature's in chapters 11-13 of the book.

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