Friendship in Frankenstein

by: Morgan Ritchey

Friendship in Frankenstein in a modern world...

The creature attempted many times to pursue a friendship and relationship with many people who rejected him. In today's society, many people just turn to social media and different electronic ways of communication to build relationships and we lose that face-to-face contact with each other. We could all learn from this story that we shouldn't judge people and we should go out of our way to help people and we should cherish that direct communication that is so often looked over in this generation.

"The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain" (Shelley Ch. 24).

"The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone."

This quote is very powerful because it talks about the creature's feelings and how he is saddened by the fact that even the most wretched people in history were not alone and he is alone. This really reveals to readers how truly alone the creature feels in society at the time and often times, even in today's society, certain people can feel like they are completely alone as well and that is why we should always do our best to reach out to people because we never know how they're truly feeling.

"All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, they creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us" (Shelley 83).

This quote describes the feelings that the creature is feeling in comparison to society at the time. The creature feels completely rejected by his own creator and feels like no one is accepting him. He discusses how truly horrendous he feels and utterly worthless he feels in society at the time.

"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" (Shelley 129).

This quote describes how the creature is feeling and shows how he desires to have a female companion of his same type. The creature feels if he can have a mate of his same foul appearance and rejection from society that they can fall in love and be alone and hated together.

"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?" (Shelley 105).

This describes how the creature is questioning whether or not people really do feel that he is the most horrible thing on the earth. It's more of a rhetorical question but the creature is acknowledging that people and his own creator want nothing to do with him and this is really heartbreaking to know that he does feel completely worthless and insignificant to the world.