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DEADBEAT DAD SHELLEYS FRANKENSTEIN AS A FATHER FIGURE In the world we live in it is nothing new to hear of young men fathering children and then disappearing leaving the child to be raised without a father A term for these filial flunkies has even become a part of our vernacular the deadbeat dad Mary Shelleys Frankenstein is a novel concerning the creation of life by a man and his refusal to take responsibility for the life he has created Victor Frankenstein in his abandonment of his own creation at its birth and in his rejection of that creation when it seeks him out is that parent who is not there for his child Shelleys Frankenstein in those passages of the creation of the monster and the monsters confrontation of Frankenstein contain ample proof that Victor Frankenstein was indeed a deadbeat dad Shelley shows that Frankenstein rejects his creation is disgusted by it and doesnt offer the parental guidance love and compassion the creature so badly needs Frankensteins abandonment of a being of his own creation directly leads to his personal downfall When the reader reaches the creation of the monster in the novel it is known that Frankenstein has not previously fathered a child Frankenstein is actively engaged in this task of creating a living being out of inanimate flesh he wants to bring life forth it doesnt happen as an accidental occurrence This is important to note in that Shelley sets up Frankenstein as one who willingly brings life into the world Chapter Five begins with Frankensteins account of the night he created the monster or as he says It was on a dreary night of November that I beheld the accomplishment of my toils p42 Right off Shelley gives us two ideas about Frankenstein as a father figure First of all we know that Frankenstein looks back on that night he brought life into the world and he remembers
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