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In Mary Shellys Frankenstein families are a very important part of the structure of the novel Frankensteins family is critical because the reason why the monster was created lies within the family Almost every family mentioned in the novel was either incomplete or was dysfunctional Frankensteins family in particular was missing a female role The Frankenstein family had no mother but they did have Elizabeth who was the only other female in the house and she was adopted when she was just a child The monster was created because of this absence not necessarily to fill the role of the mother but to fill in the role of the missing family member However the monster is shunned away when he is animated and the fall of the Frankenstein family awaits them Victor Frankensteins family was normal to begin with He had a mother and a father but later on when Elizabeth becomes sick with a fever his mother nurses her back to health at the cost of her own life On her deathbed Victors mom says Elizabeth my love you must supply my place to my younger children Alas I regret that I am taken from you and happy and beloved as I have been is it not hard a hope of meeting you in another world 42 Elizabeth is expected to fill in as the role of the mother by taking care of and protecting the young children Although she replaces the role of the mother there is still the fact that a family member is missing A mother is impossible to replace you cant have a stepmother because she will never be a replacement for an original mother Nor can a mother be bought but Victor uses his knowledge from Ingolstadt to create a being to fill in that missing figure In the later part of the novel the monster stumbles upon a family where he learns the
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