Frankenstein's Friendship

By Kayla Graham

What is Friendship?

Friendship. It's what makes the world go around. "My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world." (Shelley 118). See what I mean? In this quote the creature is referring to Victor, his creator. Victor has left him and wants nothing to do with him. This is what he means when he says he held him to the world. Without him, he would not be alive and walking today, but who is going to be able to guide him through this life he was given?

Modern Friendships

Friendship today is completely different than what it was back in the day. These days it's mostly talking on Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, or whatever other gadgets kids use these days. "Without social media, 18% of teens would stop communicating" according to the survey from AWeber. Only 6% said they could replace cell phones, 14% think that actually talking could be done, and 43% would just replace their social networks with new ones. Is the internet taking over our friendships? Talking isn't that hard as long as you know how to do it!!

"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)

In this quote, the creature is talking about Victor creating a new creature. Do you see that, though? The creatures want the creature to be the exact same thing as he is. This shows that when you are in a friendship, the two of you have a lot in common. Yes, you can be different, but you may 'click' if you like the same things and have something to talk about.

"Shall each man find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feelings of affection, and they were requited by detestation and scorn." (Shelley 146)

The quote above describes friendship very well. Many people only think of themselves, they don't take in consideration what has happened to the other people. Victor sees that the creature has no concern for Victor, but only wants himself to be happy, so Victor destroys the new creation he is working on so the creature can feel what he has felt throughout the years.

"Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life? Two I have already destroyed; other victims await their destiny..." (Shelley 155)

This quote describes modern friendship quite well. Nowadays if someone does something wrong, they want revenge. Nothing else, they don't want to talk and work it out, they just jump to conclusions. This is exactly what has happened in the book, and it still happens today.

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

"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 endeavor to sustain me in dejection." (Shelley 4)