Frankenstein

Text by Mary Shelly

Companionship/Friendship

Quote one: "I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavor to sustain me in dejection." (Letter 2, pg. 4)
This quote shows how Walton feels very isolated and lonely. He expresses his feeling toward having a companion to share his feelings with as well as his life experiences.

Quote two: "Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator. abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing?" (chapter 10, pg. 82)
The creature explains to Frankenstein that although he was kind and friendly, society was still unjust and treated him harshly.

Quote three: "When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?" (Chapter 13, pg. 105)
The creature feels like an outcast because he doesn't feel like he belongs anywhere because he is different from everyone else. No one responded kindly to him. when anyone saw him, they would either flee or attack him.

Quote four: "I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create."(Chapter 13, Page 115)
The creature implores Frankenstein to create him a companion because he believes that the only way he could find happiness in a companion is for her to be just as "deformed and horrible" as him.

Quote five: "I am an unfortunate and deserted creature; I look around and I have no relation or friend upon earth. These amiable people to whom I go have never seen me and know little of me. I am full of fears, for if I fail there, I am an outcast in the world forever." (Chapter 15, Page 127)

Isolation is becoming too much for the creature to handle and he believes because of his new ability to communicate, he can create friends of the people he has examined for over a year. The creature explains his situation is terms of isolation trying to confide in De Lacey - but without success. His isolation is increased but this and the creature is forced to leave these people he referred to as his "protectors".


Quote six: "And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man." (Chapter 16, pg. 129)

Although destructive to his confidence, the creature becomes aware that he is a monster with nothing to his name, turning him into an outcast not welcomed in any society. The creature become isolated by his own fate, he blames Victor, his creator, for this doomed outcome. Realizing his situation, the creature becomes obsessed with changing reality and fitting in.


Quote seven: "Shall each man find a wife for him bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection and the were requited by detestation and scorn." (chapter 20, pg. 146)
The creature feels incredibly alone and isolated and he hasn't had any luck communicating with people. the creature longs for a companion, so he pleads to victor so that he will create him a mate. Victor reluctantly agrees, but later on he changes his mind and demolished the mate, leaving the creature without a companion

Quote eight: "Know that, one by one my friends were snatched away; I was left desolate." (chapter 23, pg. 175)
since victor did not create a mate for the creature, the creature became livid and vowed to destroy victors life, he killed victor's brother, best friend, and his wife, leaving victor alone.

Quote nine: "Must I then lose this admirable thing? I have longed for a friends; I have sought for one who would sympathize with and love me." (chapter 24, pg. 188)

Modern Connection: Social Media

In modern society, people are still in a constant search for companionship. Due to this, people have resorted to social media websites such as twitter, facebook, or instagram. with these websites, people are able to communicate with "friends" all across the globe.

Work Cited

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  • "Global Social Media Users Pass 2 Billion." We Are Social RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Douglas Clegg, and Harold Bloom. Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. New York, NY: Signet Classics, 2013. Print.
  • A Social Culture." The Cultureist. N.p., 27 Apr. 2012. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.