Friendship in Frankenstein
Friendship as a theme in Frankenstein
Both Victor and the creature battle with loneliness and isolation throughout the book. The creature is constantly looking for a companion, and Victor quickly runs out of friends when the creature starts to kill them.
Early in the book, Victor cuts himself off from the rest of the world to study reanimation of a dead body, which eventually leads him to make the creature:
"I, who had ever been surrounded by amiable companions, continually engaging in endeavoring to bestow mutual pleasure, I was now alone." (Page 25)
“I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime." (Page 34)
Later in the book he shuns the creature, and the creature in turn responds by killing everyone close to Victor. After the creature kills his wife on their wedding night, Victor describes his loneliness:
“If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim.” (Page 130)
While he is chasing the monster, he realizes how alone he truly is now:
"The fallen angel becomes the malignant devil. Yet even the enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone." (Page 196)
The Creature's Quotes
From the moment the creature was born, he is alone. Victor immediately rejects him, and he is forced to live alone when every human he interacts with is terrified and violent towards the creature:
"All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us." (Page 81)
In this quote, the creature says that he feels like a monster because of his strange appearance and others rejection of him:
“When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?” (Page 101)
He tells Victor that he desires a mate so he can have companionship, but he is denied only one friend:
“I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as I would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.” (Page 123)
Importance of friendship today
I agree that friendship is very important. Friends help make large problems small and can improve your life. We are very connected today, so everyone should be able to find a good friend somewhere.
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