Friendship in Frankenstein
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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Modern Day Connections to the theme of Friendship
Friendship in a Modern Light
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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.