Study of friendship and companionship in Frankenstien

Justin Dallo & Jeff Bollenbacher


We believe that idea of friendship is a necessity. In the book the main problem is that the monster is lonely and every attempt to make friends ends with them rallying with pitchforks.

Quotes Chapter 1-10

Ch 2 -Victor: I need not say that we were strangers to any species of disunion or dispute. Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
Ex: Victor is explaining that his relationship with Elizabeth peaceful and happy. That early in life he had a true companion.

Ch 5 - Victor: Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval; his presence brought back to my thoughts my father, Elizabeth, and all those scenes of home so dear to my recollection.
Ex: Victor on seeing his college friend he remembers his family and close friends and all his memories that made him happy.

Ch 10- Creature: Believe me, Frankenstein, I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone?

Ex:The creature says that he was innocent that he used to be kind but now knowing he is alone he recognizes his need and want for a companion.

Quotes Chapter 15- 24

Ch 15- creature: No; but I was educated by a French family and understand that language only. I am now going to claim the protection of some friends, whom I sincerely love, and of whose favour I have some hopes.'

Ex: The creature is trying to make friends with the cottagers knowing that he has to gain favor with the blind one who wont judge him on his appearance. The monster is desperate to make a friend.

Ch 16- creature: If, therefore, I could seize him and educate him as my companion and friend, I should not be so desolate in this peopled earth.

Ex: The creature learning from his last time trying to make friends that he might be better off forcing them to stay long enough for him to explain his problems.

Ch 17- creature:"You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being. This you alone can do, and I demand it of you as a right which you must not refuse to concede."

Ex: The creatures last attempt to have a relationship with anything is to force Frankenstein to create someone who will know his pain to know that they are a monster also.

Ch 21 -Victor: I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval stretched before me. I gasped for breath, and throwing myself on the body, I exclaimed, "Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life? Two I have already destroyed; other victims await their destiny; but you, Clerval, my friend, my benefactor—"

Ex: Victor seeing that his creation wasn't after him just yet realizes his family and his friends as targets for the monster. He is distraught because of this fact.

Social Networking

Friendship is emphasized in our time because technology allows us to stay in constant contact. We can in the click of a button send messages or speak even face to face. Albeit with a screen in between the two of people.