Frankenstein Final Assessment

Companionship By: Nate Scimio

Companionship in Frankenstein

Companionship plays a bug roll in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. The reason the monster goes after Victor is because he has a lack of companionship. If the monster felt any sort of compassion early in the book the whole story would be a lot different for Victor.

Supporting Quote

"I lay on my straw, but I could not sleep. I thought of the occurrences of the day. What chiefly struck me was the gentle manners of these people, and I longed to join them, but dared not. I remembered too well the treatment I had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers, and resolved, whatever course of conduct I might hereafter think it right to pursue, that for the present I would remain quietly in my hovel, watching and endeavoring to discover the motives which influenced their actions." (Shelley 91)

What this Quote means

He really wanted to join the family because he wanted to feel their kindness but in the back of his head he thought they might react to him like the villagers did.

Supporting Quote

"I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself;" (Shelley 125)

What this Quote means

He longs for a companion who he can relate with.

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"But where were my friends and relations? No father had watched my infant days, no mother had blessed me with smiles and caresses; or if they had, all my past life was now a blot, a blind vacancy in which I distinguished nothing. From my earliest remembrance I had been as I then was in height and proportion. I had never yet seen a being resembling me or who claimed any intercourse with me." (Shelley 101-102)

What this Quote means

He feels like he is all alone. He wasn't raised and cared fore like everyone else around him.

Supporting Quote

"Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth,from which all men fled and all men disowned?" (Shelley 101)

What this Quote means

He is asking himself if he really is what everyone thinks. He is looking for answers to why, despite his good intentions, cannot find anyone to accept him.

Supporting Quote

"When I slept or was absent, the forms of the venerable blind father, the gentle Agatha, and the excellent Felix flitted before me. I looked upon them as superior beings who would be the arbiters of my future destiny. I formed in my imagination a thousand pictures of presenting myself to them, and their reception of me. I imagined that they would be disgusted, until, by my gentle demeanor and conciliating words, I should first win their favor and afterwards their love." (Shelley 93)

What this Quote means

The monster is planning on trying to eventually getting the family to accept and love him.

Supporting Quote

I had admired the perfect forms of my cottagers—their grace, beauty, and delicate complexions; but how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool! At first I started back, unable to believe that it was indeed I who was reflected in the mirror; and when I became fully convinced that I was in reality the monster that I am, I was filled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification. Alas! I did not yet entirely know the fatal effects of this miserable deformity. (Shelley 94)


What this Quote means

The monster is left out of the family because he doesn't want to show them what he is yet and he is bitter because of it.

How this aplies today

In today's world I feel many people have the issue of feeling alone. I blame this on social media. What social media has done is hide who everyone really is so nobody rally knows you on a personal level. Social media also shows you everyone else having a fun time while you are siting at home on your phone. this creates the mindset that, even if you have fun on a regular basis, you need to do more with your life. It also shows that you aren't doing anything extreme like sky diving or traveling the world and it causes jealousy. As far as happiness goes with what others are doing ignorance is bliss.