Fathers and Father Figures in Frankenstein (M. Waldman (Portrayed as an…
Fathers and Father Figures in Frankenstein
Recognises Victor's aptitude and passion for natural science and encourages him to develop his knowledge and understanding.
Gives him access to chemical contraptions that he owns in order to further his experience and skills.
A supportive and nurturing figure, in contrast to the scornful M. Krempe.
'In M. Waldman [Victor] found a true friend.'
'M. Waldman expressed the most heartfelt exultation in [Victor's] progress.'
Acknowledges the ancient natural philosophers that Victor so admired as those who set the foundations for modern scientific discoveries.
'[ancient philosophers] were men whose indefatigable zeal modern philosophers were indebted to for most of the foundations of their knowledge.'
Portrayed as an extremely good teacher.
'his gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism (narrow-mindedness)', which implies that while very accomplished, he has an open-minded demeanour.
'In a thousand ways he smoothed [Victor] for the path of knowledge and made the most abstruse enquiries clear and facile to [his] apprehension.'
'his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.', shows that he is not pedantic in his explanations, and happily gets straight to the point.
Similarly to M. Krempe. Victor's biological father is scornful when it comes to the ancient natural philosophers, calling them 'sad trash'.
This only causes him to study them more avidly, continuing a theme of sons rebelling against their fathers.
Brought up Victor with a 'smile of benevolent pleasure' (something that sticks in Victor's earliest memories).
Along with Caroline, he recieved many a 'lesson of patience, of charity, and of self-control'.
Purposefully did not expose his son to any tales of superstition or the concepts of 'supernatural horrors', spirits and apparitions.
His son, Robert Walton, spent his childhood reading of 'voyages made for the purposes of discovery'.
'[his] dying injuction had forbidden [Robert's uncle] to allow [Robert] to embark in a seafaring life.'
In an act of rebellion, Robert decides to go on an expedition to the North Pole (the Arctic).
Victor Frankenstein (to the creature)
Shows disgust and fear towards it
Runs from it, essentially abandoning his 'child' (the being to which he has given life)