Frankenstein

Friendship/Companionship

Friendship Today

Friendship is a relationship of mutual affection between two or more people. Friendship could be considered to be one of the most important relationships. Friendship can lead to love. It can lead to heartbreak. It can also lead to the destruction of someone missing out on friendship. Friendship is a powerful word. We all need that one person to talk to about our problems and your friends are there to do that for you. Without friends, your thoughts can eat you alive and in the novel Frankenstein, this theme appears a lot.

Quotes from Frankenstein

1) "I have no friend, Margaret: when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavour to sustain me in dejection." Letter 2, pg. 4 This quote is shown at the beginning of the book where Walton is writing to his companion Margaret. He's explaining the troubles of not having that close friend and it starts the book off showing you the value of friendship.


2) "we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves -- such a friend ought to be -- do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures." Letter 4, pg. 14 In this quote, Walton is explaining further more on the idea of us being "half made up" and explaining the idea of needing our other half. He says our friends don't look at our faults and only bring us up when we are weak.

The Creature

6) "You can blast my other passions, but revenge remains -- revenge, henceforth dearer than light of food! I may die, but first you, my tyrant and tormentor, shall curse the sun that gazes on your misery." Chapter 20, pg. 153 This is the turning point in the story where the creature makes it know that he will be seeking revenge on Frankenstein for not creating him another companion so that he can be happy. He wants to take Frankenstein's happiness away now because he has none and he left him fatherless.
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Modern Connections

Friendship has a huge involvement in the modern society. The path of vengeance is also a huge participant of making and breaking friends. Actions such as bullying, being shunned, and parentless can all lead to different habits of friendship. In Frankenstein, the creature is walked away from when he was created and was shunned by society. He looked to revenge and murder because his creator walked out on him. He didn't know right from wrong. He chose the path of revenge because he was broken. Many people today chose this path as well because it seems to be the best option. Without friends and forgiveness, our society would revolve around revenge. Refer to chart above.

Works Cited

"Frankenstein Quotes." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

"Notes on Frankenstein Themes." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.

"Teenager's Guide to Depression." A : Tips and Tools for Helping Yourself or a Friend. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2015.