Friendship in Frankenstein

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Quote #1

"Shall each man find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feeling of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn." (Chapter 20)

In this quote the creature is asking, shouldn't everyone have the right to a companion? He has expressed interest in this, but been turned down by others.

Quote #2

"Know that, one by one my friends were snatched away, I was left desolate." (Chapter 23)

Frankenstein is speaking here, reflecting upon the fact that the creature has killed many of his friends and family, and now he feels very alone. In a modern day sense, this would impact one as greatly as it did Frankenstein, regardless of the time period. Isolation is unhealthy regardless of the times.

Quote #3

"My duties to the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention because they included a greater proportion of happiness and misery. Urged by this view, I refused, and I did right and refusing, to create a companion for the first creature." (Chapter 24)

At this point, Frankenstein has given up on the idea of creating a companion for the creature. He decides that this would be irresponsible and wrong. The creature will be very upset about this, as we learned earlier in the book how lonely he had grown and longed for a companion or friend.

Good friends are good for your health!

  • They increase your belonging and purpose
  • Boost your happiness and reduce your stress
  • Improve your self-confidence and self-worth

Quote #4

"Here, then I retreated and lay down happy to have found a shelter, however miserable, from the inclemency of the season, and still more from the barbarity of men." (Chapter 11)

He has been chased off by man, because they are afraid of him and his appearance. He finds shelter, and from here on out begins a long period of viewing a family nearby going about their daily lives. Through watching them and getting to know them, he begins a weird version of a friendship with them, or so he thinks it is.

"In 2006, a study of nearly 3,000 nurses with breast cancer found that women without close friends were four times as likely to die from the disease as women with 10 or more friends."

Quote #5

"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?"

The creature explains to Frankenstein that when he created him, originally he was given feelings of love and compassion, capable of friendship and companionship. However mankind did not want to be friends with him, for everyone was afraid of him. Therefore contributing to his feelings of loneliness and isolation early on in the story.

Strong friendships may promote long life

Quote #6

"My thoughts now became more active, and I longed to discover the motives and feelings of these lovely creatures, I was inquisitive to know why Felix appeared so miserable and Agatha so sad. I thought that it might be be in my power to restore happiness to these deserving people." (Chapter 12)

As the creature begins to take a liking to the inhabitants of the cottage, he begins to learn what friendship is all about. He feels sad for them, and then decides to help them out. This is what friendship is all about. When you build a bond with someone and have fun together, learn about what each other care about and what the other person doesn't like. You learn of what troubles and worries them as well. As a friend, you always do what you can to help them with their various troubles and worries.

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Works Cited

"Adult Health." Friendships: Enrich Your Life and Improve Your Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

"Is True Friendship Dying." N.p., n.d. Web.

Parker-pope, Tara. "What Are Friends For? A Longer Life." The New York Times. The New York Times, 20 Apr. 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2015

Warner, Jennifer. "Strong Friendships May Help You Live Longer." WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.