Frankenstein and Huck - Like Father, Like Son Analytical Essay by Research Group

Frankenstein and Huck - Like Father, Like Son
An examination of unusual father-son relationships in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Mark Twain's "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
# 26917 | 1,485 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 20, 2003 in Literature (American) , English (Analysis)

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A look at how, in Shelley's novel "Frankenstein", the creature has an extremely unsuccessful father-son relationship with the creature he creates. The father is appalled with what he has made and the son takes revenge on the father for having made him in the first place. It shows how in some ways this is similar to the relationship between Huckleberry Finn and his real father, the terrible drunken Pap.

From the Paper:

"Frankenstein describes his relationship with his own father as perfect--up until the point where his younger brother has been born and his mother has died. Then there is a growing sense of antagonism toward his father in Frankenstein's account. He does not really wish to leave Elizabeth and the family. But his father insists that he leave for the university and when his mother died Frankenstein could only "obtain from my father a respite of some weeks" (Shelley 47). In his disappoint over leaving Frankenstein turns to the studies that interested him and begins his creation of the creature. He blames his entire later course on his father--but subtly limits the blame to his father's quick dismissal of the ancient science that was to mislead him: "If . . . my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded and that a modern system of science had . . . much greater powers . . . I should certainly have thrown Agrippa aside, and . . . it is even possible that the train of my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin" (Shelley 40)."

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