Wednesday, August 31, 2016

For and Against

Frankenstein:

Viktor, raised by excellent parents, creates his monster and flees from him. He abandons his boy. He does not teach his monster morality.
The monster, raised indirectly by observing from a distance his patient and compassionate "friends" and "protectors", flees from them when they revolt from him. They abandon him, again. He learned morality from them.

The story requires us to accept good people raise good children. They have to work at it.
The hardest work is finding the monstrous worth adoption.

Viktor's parents were good people. He did not become this.
The monster did not really have parents. He had reached goodness alone. He did not stay that way.

Do we all fall?

Do we all rise?

Who climbs the sheer cliff?

Who knits together flesh for undying?

The monsters we make and keep, even the ones we raise,

are still children of the children of the monsters

who came before.

Chance,——— or rather the evil influence
the Angel of Destruction
which asserted omnipotent sway over me from the moment I turned
my reluctant steps from my father's door———

Is it chance, Viktor?

Is it parenting, Mary?

Is it you, Meta?

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