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It is often said that all a person needs to get by in life is to be loved by someone If this is true then nearly everybody in this world has everything they need because most people are lucky enough to be loved unconditionally by their parents However sometimes love and attention is all children get from their parents Children also need discipline and moral lessons from their parents in order to be successful adults Applying this idea to Mary Shelleys Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus Mary Shelley appears to be showing us through the creature and Victor Frankensteins behavior that discipline and most importantly guidance are necessities when raising a child The story begins with Victor Frankenstein telling Walton who Victor had taken refuge with in the Arctic about the most important years in his life As readers we learn that Victor was part of a wealthy family from Geneva His mother was younger than his father was and she was caring and devoted Victor said she possessed a mind of an uncommon mould and her courage rose to support her in adversity 32 Victors parents loved him and each other very much Much as they were attached to each other they seemed to draw inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow on me 33 Too much love and devotion caused Victor to be spoiled His parents referred to him as being the innocent and helpless creature bestowed on them by Heaven whom to bring up to good and whose future lot it was in their hands to direct happiness or misery according as they fulfilled their duties toward me 33 Victor describes his childhood by saying No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to
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