Frankenstein

Companionship & Friendship

Why is Friendship Important?

Friendship is important because in life you need people around you in your life. No one wants to be lonely, everyone needs to have friends in their life. You can make amazing memories with friends in your life. It is not fun having memories and doing things in life if you have no one to enjoy them with. You learn most from your parents, but then right after that you learn everything from friends and your environment. So you would want to make sure you make good friends or friends that will benefit you.

Quote #1

"But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses."(pg. 102)


In this quote the creature is wondering about his family, or his lack of one. He gets upset knowing that he has no friends or family. He is all by himself.

Quote #2

"Know that, one by one my friends were snatched away, I was left desolate"(pg. 175)


In this quote Frankenstein is talking about how his friends are being murdered, and it is because of him. He's lost his friends and now he, like the creature, is left lonely and sad by himself.

Quote #3

"I never saw a woman who excited, as Elizabeth does, my warmest admiration and affection. My future hopes and prospects are entirely bound up in the expectation of our union" (pg. 130)


In this quote, Frankenstein is talking about marrying Elizabeth because no one makes him happier than she does. He loves her very much and has a strong affection for her. He needs her in his life to keep him happy, as people need friends and companions. Because your friends and companions are the ones that can make you the happiest.

Quote #4

"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?"(chapter 10)


In this quote the creature claims that Victor took his innocence by leaving him no one to love. He was created and is now lonely and miserable because he has no one.

Quote #5

"Nothing could exceed the love the love and respect which the younger cottagers exhibited towards their venerable companion. They performed towards him every little office of affection and duty with gentleness, and he rewarded them by his benevolent smiles."


In this quote, the creature is observing the children with the blind man. The man is blind and therefore his life would not be as good as others you would think. But, he is always happy because he has companions, people that care about him and make him smile all the time. There is no point in having luxuries of life if you have no one to enjoy it with.

Quote #6

"You must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being."(chapter 17)


In this quote the creature is asking Frankenstein to create a companion for him. The creature only asks for one thing from Victor in order for him to be happy and satisfied. That is a female companion for the creature. That is all he feels he needs in order to be happy otherwise his life is miserable.

Quote #7

"I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all of mankind?"(chapter 17)


In this quote the creature is talking to Victor and basically telling him that the only reason he does all the bad things is because he is miserable. He is miserable because everyone hates him and he has no one. That is why he asks Victor to make him a companion so that he can live peacefully.

Friends can give you vital life skills

There are many perks of friendship include sharpening your mind, making you generally happier, knowing yourself better, becoming inspired to reach your goals, advancing your career, helping you meet romantic partners, and living a longer and healthier life.(whitbourne) Friends give you motivation because they care for you and would want the best for you. From your friends you learn different aspects about life if you have a diverse friend group. You could learn about different cultures and religions and make yourself more aware and knowledgeable about the world you live in. You can live for a long time and look back and the best moments you will have will be with friends and family.
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Works Cited

"Fifteen Reasons We Need Friends." Psychology Today. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, 26 Mar. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Maurice Hindle. Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. London: Penguin, 2003. Print.