English 4 Pr.4
Frankenstein Trying to think of how one learns certain skills from the past is a little challenging. Even though many of us have memories from the time we were young kids; it’s hard to recall how we learned how to walk, brush our hair, eat, drink, etc. Unlike Frankenstein’s monster, which was fully developed and conscious of what he was learning, we start the world with zero knowledge. As children learn they are molded into the person they are today, and the things their parents influence them on are also a huge factor into their character. The joy a parent gets when their child learns something new is hard to understand unless put in that situation, but we can all relate to that feeling we get once we gain knowledge to something new. As I thought of those emotions, I asked my sister and father how I learned how to walk, mainly because I love the story. They said that I never learned how to crawl; I just started holding myself up from surrounding objects till I learned how to walk at 8 months old. I personally think that is very impressive. While I couldn’t see my little self try to figure out the mechanisms of how to move a leg and be able to smoothly walk, I do enjoy the stories and are able to imagine what it was like for me at those moments. While I learned rather quickly how to walk, Frankenstein’s monster learned even faster. When the monsters massive body arose and made eye contact with Frankenstein, he didn’t stay to enjoy those feelings parents get. While as readers, we may not know how he mastered how to walk, we do know he educated himself rather quickly.
Just like we all have gifts and things that come easy for us; there are also many challenging skills we learn that take lots of work and practice. For example, even someone such as a famous Olympic swimmer has had to have countless hours in the pool training and improving his skills because there is always room for improvement. From the time when I was still young and naïve, my father told me I constantly wanted to figure out things quickly, I was impatient and very eager to know everything. As young toddlers with a mind like a sponge, aren’t we all sometimes a little impatient? I remember watching my sister every morning before school as she did her hair. The way she separated them into strands, then passed them through each other and somehow that technique would leave her hair with a perfect design that she called, a French braid. I though at the time it was easy but every time I tried, my hair would end up in crazy knots. I still recall what my mother told me as she used to untangle my hair “through faith and patience we inherit what has been promised” (Hebrews 6:12). At the time I didn’t quite understand how waiting would help me in my goals, but it would not be till I was much older that I would finally realize what she meant.
As soon I joined a sport, patience became a little easier to understand, and I was even more aware of how much I hated to wait. “Practice make perfect” was another saying my wise mother would tell me. Whether someone is a big giant monster, a normal human being, or an animal, practice will always help conquer the skill. Frankenstein monster knew that the more he studied Felix and Agatha speak, he would eventually be proficient at talking, so he practice every day. Eventually he was articulate and demonstrated a very sophisticated way of speaking. While I cannot speak as sophisticated as Frankenstein’s monster, I can defiantly put up a good fight in a soccer match. Since I was three years old I have played soccer. I love the sport from the very beginning and therefore practice was never a chore. I played in the morning at school, after school, in the house, anywhere! It became a passion, and I was willing to take any criticism that would help me better myself, but when it came to ballet it was a whole different story. Just like soccer, I joined ballet when I was…