Meanings of Friendship

Bryona Fielder

Friendship in Frankenstein

"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."

Pg 79 "The gentle manners and beauty of the cottagers greatly endeared them to me and if only others happened to enter the cottage their harsh manners and rude gait only enhanced to me the superior accomplishments of my friends"

Pg 78 "They often, I believe, suffered the pangs of hunger very poignantly, especially before the old man when they reserved none for themselves."

What is friendship ?

True friends influence those with whom they associate to “rise a little higher [and] be a little better.” You can help one another, particularly young men, prepare for and serve honorable missions. You can help one another remain morally clean. Your righteous influence and friendship can have an eternal effect not only on the lives of those with whom you associate but also on generations to come.

Friendship with Victor

"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."

Pg. 4 " You may deem me romantic, my dear, sister but I bitterly feel the want of a friend."

Pg. 37 "I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months, calm and serene joy. I welcomed my friend."

Pg. 37 "Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval.."

Friendship in today's society

Many people now prefer communicating through impersonal media rather than face-to-face encounters. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other conduits for connection have become a staple for even our closest friends. Couple this with the growing body of research demonstrating that society is lonelier than ever, and Vernon says we could be “entering a period of crisis for the entire concept of friendship.”

Friendship on social media

"Social scientists in America and Canada have pointed out that even though social networking sites have exploded in recent years, the quality of our friendship may be declining."

"Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand."

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Works cited

Chapter 16, pg. 129

Martin, Amy Jo. "Social Media Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2015.

Dalton, Elaine S. "What Is a True Friend?" Youth Articles. Young Women General President, n.d. Web.