Frankenstein Final Assessment

Companionship/Friendship by Michael Murphy/Mac Mittereder

Friendship

Friendship is the word that explains the human bond between two people, which brings them together. We think friendship is important because human bonds can ease the pain of hard times. Shelley throughout the book shows the pain in being alone and isolated. She's saying that everybody needs a friend regardless of the pain that comes when the pass away.

Quote 1

“It was my temper to avoid a crowd and to attach myself fervently to a few. I was indifferent, therefore, to my school-fellows in general; but I united myself in the bonds of the closest friendship to one among them. Henry Clerval was the son of a merchant of Geneva.” - Chapter 2

This is when Victor tells about his school friend Henry.

Modern Connection

People today periodically meet up with people that they were good friends with but were separated.

Quote 2

“He knew that I could not have a more kind and attentive nurse than himself; and, firm in the hope he felt of my recovery, he did not doubt that, instead of doing harm, he performed the kindest action that he could towards them.”- Chapter 5

Victor is talking about how Henry was a good nurse that he trusted and knew he would do his best.

Modern Connection

There are people that have the job to go around to different households to take care of patients. These people are like personal nurses for the person they’re taking care of just like Henry was.

Quote 3

"Do not despair. To be friendless is indeed to be unfortunate, but the hearts of men, when unprejudiced by any obvious self-interest, are full of brotherly love and charity. Rely, therefore, on your hopes; and if these friends are good and amiable, do not despair.” - Chapter 15

This is where the blind man is talking the monster and he’s telling him that it is unfortunate that the monster doesn’t have any friends but there are friends out there that are full of brotherly love and will be there for him.

Modern Connection

To not be upset, even though that not being able to call someone your friend is unfortunate but there are still people that show compassion and will help anyone in need. This especially applies to today because there are certain relief programs that help people and there are people that are there to be friends with others so that someone is left out like the monster was.

Quote 4

"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." - Chapter 17

The creature is telling Victor that he wants another person that will like him.

Modern Connection

The monster wants someone that he can be with just like how today everyone is trying to find a person themselves. Today people want to find another person that compliments them so they can get married and the monster wants someone that he be with too.

Quote 5

“In this state of mind I wrote to Elizabeth. My letter was calm and affectionate. "I fear, my beloved girl," I said, "little happiness remains for us on earth; yet all that I may one day enjoy is centred in you. Chase away your idle fears; to you alone do I consecrate my life and my endeavours for contentment.” - Chapter 22

Victor is writing to Elizabeth and is telling her how much she means to him. He explains that he doesn’t want to chase fears that aren’t there and that she is the center of his life.

Modern Connection

This can be connected with today with how people make the other person in the relationship the most important. It seems as if Victor is saying that Elizabeth is the center of his life and people do the same things today with tattoos and such.

Quote 6

“When I recovered I found myself surrounded by the people of the inn; their countenances expressed a breathless terror, but the horror of others appeared only as a mockery, a shadow of the feelings that oppressed me. I escaped from them to the room where lay the body of Elizabeth, my love, my wife, so lately living, so dear, so worthy.” - Chapter 23

Victor just found the body of Elizabeth and is explaining what he’s feeling when he sees what has happened.

Modern Connection

Elizabeth ment a ton to Victor and now she’s dead. Today there are always deaths in people’s family whether they are timely or not but it’s never easy for the people that were close to them.

Articles

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/fashion/instagram.html?_r=0

This article describes the struggle of envy against friends when they're using social media. Social media allows people to dive into people's lives like never before, as people constantly update what they're doing. While social media allows continuous connection, it brings struggles to modern day friendships as well. Shelley wouldn't have been able to comment on this because computers weren't invented in the 19th century, let alone social media.

http://ideas.time.com/2013/01/16/how-friendship-makes-you-more-successful/

This article mentions how friendships are necessary to help you stay motivated. Having someone with similar goals as you to work towards helps you move forward. We agree, having someone with you to do something can boost your confidence and effort immensely. Shelley would probably agree, as Victor's friends and family motivated him to go to a university to pursue his studies in science.