Essay by shinkaCollege, UndergraduateA+, January 2005

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Is love lacked in this novel? Is the absence of love most striking? The lack of love between the creator (Victor) and his creation (the monster) can lead only to misery and destruction. Love is a very powerful thing, it can heal, redeem, or even sustain. Love is shown in this novel but it is more often lacked. Love is shown to Victor from his sister family and friends. But between his creation and himself the absence of love is the reason of destruction.

As the oldest and only child, Victor growing up was loved very much by his parents. Victor's father and mother loved their child, their creature. As he states, "Much as they were attached to each other, they seemed to draw inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow them upon me" (Frankenstein 16). His mother would always caress him and his father would always have a benevolent smile, which were his first recollections (Frankenstein 16).

He was soon provided a female companion to love very early. She was an orphan sister to him. As he states, "and looked upon Elizabeth as mine- mine to protect, love and cherish. He loved his sister very much and she loved him. Elizabeth showed affection to every one, she was always nice and wanted the right things for Victor. As it states, "The saintly soul of Elizabeth shone like a shrine-dedicated lamp in our peaceful home. Her sympathy was ours; her smile, her soft voice, the sweet glance and her celestial eyes, were ever there to bless and animate us. She was the living spirit of love to soften and attract (Frankenstein 19-20). He could have been caught up in his studies, but she was always there to subdue him to a...