Friendship In Frankenstein

Colin Childs

There are many ways in which the story of Frankenstein shows the theme or lesson of friendship. The theme of friendship/companionship is very important in the book because it shows us the importance of relationships in life and how it deeply affect Victor and the creature.

Quotes used by the creature...

" Let him live with me in the interchange of kindness, and instead of injury I would bestow every benefit upon him with tears of gratitude at his acceptance. But that cannot be; the human senses are insurmountable barriers to our union. Yet mine shall not be the submission of abject slavery. I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love..."

The creature here is showing his anger towards his creator. He explains that he is not accepted as a person. This shows that the creature is in need of friends and love.

"I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them."

Once again he is stating that he has no body. He was left on his own and feels unloved.

"Sometimes I allowed my thoughts, unchecked by reason, to ramble in the fields of Paradise, and dared to fancy amiable and lovely creatures sympathizing with my feelings and cheering my gloom; their angelic countenances breathed smiles of consolation. But it was all a dream; no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone. I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him."

The creature day dreams of living in peace and having a partner yet he knows it is nearly impossible for him to obtain that.

"As I fixed my eyes on the child, I saw something glittering on his breast. I took it; it was a portrait of a most lovely woman. In spite of my malignity, it softened and attracted me. For a few moments I gazed with delight on her dark eyes, fringed by deep lashes, and her lovely lips; but presently my rage returned; I remembered that I was forever deprived of the delights that such beautiful creatures could bestow and that she whose resemblance I contemplated would, in regarding me, have changed that air of divine benignity to one expressive of disgust and affright"

The creature is not treated nicely and seen as ugly. Nobody wants anything to do with him and it makes the creature angry.

Quotes by Victor

"I, not in deed, but in effect, was the true murderer. Elizabeth read my anguish in my countenance, and kindly taking my hand, said, "My dearest friend, you must calm yourself. These events have affected me, God knows how deeply; but I am not so wretched as you are. There is an expression of despair, and sometimes of revenge, in your countenance that makes me tremble. Dear Victor, banish these dark passions. Remember the friends around you, who centre all their hopes in you. Have we lost the power of rendering you happy? Ah! While we love, while we are true to each other, here in this land of peace and beauty, your native country, we may reap every tranquil blessing--what can disturb our peace?"

Victor expresses his feelings of the monster murdering his friends and family and plans to get revenge.

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Friendships are the most important things in our lives. Friends let us know they're there for us when we need them. They hold us together. Friends and family are important in life because it lets us know we are a part of something and we are not alone.

“A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter; he who finds one finds a treasure. Faithful friends are beyond price, no amount can balance their worth.” ~Unknown