Nature vs Nurture in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”


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Nature vs Nurture in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"
Mary Shelley's famous novel Frankenstein explores many different the aspects of human nature, demonstrating in the Monster's development and education some of the stages in the progress of human thought. One of the issues clearly raised in Frankenstein is the age-old nature vs. nurture debate: is human personality and behavior primarily the result of a person's inherent qualities and genetics (nature), or is personality and behavior primarily the result of their upbringing, environment and education (nurture)? This question is still relevant today, as are many of the related dilemmas faced by Victor and his monster. Ultimately the story of Frankenstein's monster in Mary Shelley's...
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