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father's dying injunction

To disobey such an injunction, with its almost institutionalized cultural sanction, is to commit a transgression of substance, preparing us for other instances of conflicting goals between son and father--Victor and Alphonse Frankenstein, Felix De Lacey and his blind father--on other narrative levels of the novel, as well as other, much greater transgressions for the sake of knowledge. The fact that Walton is orphaned at a young age introduces yet another common theme of the novel.