Frankenstein

Companionship/Friendship

Companionship

Definition: a feeling of fellowship or friendship.


One of the most powerful quotes from the book is "I admired virtue and good feelings and loved the gentle manners and amiable qualities of my cottagers, but I was shut out from intercourse with them, except through means which I obtained by stealth, when I was unseen and unknown, and which rather increased than satisfied the desire I had of becoming one among my fellows." (Shelley 101) The "creature" is still watching and admiring how the family loves each other and he wants that in his life. He wants and needs some companionship in his life, a person can not go through life with no connection to anybody.

The "Modern" Friendship

Friendship today is different in so many ways compared to the 1700s. One HUGE way is the internet and social media. Obviously, there was no social media in the 1700s and that forced human interaction between individuals. People today can sit behind a keyboard and have a full conversation. It's really an amazing way of communication, but with that being said, it has its downfalls. One downfall is that people become accustomed to not having to talk to people in person. They become socially awkward and later on in life have trouble speaking in public when it comes to a job or something else. Another downfall with today's way of communication is a lot of fake friends or pretend friends. People today find it easier to just play along instead of telling that person how they really feel. There is one good example from the book when Elizabeth defends Justine during her hanging. Elizabeth says “It may...be judged indecent in me to come forward on this occasion; but when I see a fellow-creature about to perish through the cowardice of her pretended friends, I wish to be allowed to speak, that I may say what I know of her character.” (Shelley 66) Elizabeth is known to be a real friend of Justine because of them growing up together and so on. Justine has real friends because of human interaction and face to face conversation. People today might not have that friend who they can sit down and talk because all they do is communicate electronically.

Frankenstein's Monster Meets the Blind Old Man

The "creature" and the old man

The "creature" and the old man met in the old man's families cottage. Everybody was scared of the "creature" because of his looks. Obviously, the old man is blind and wasn't able to get scared based on looks so he invited him in and they talked about his journey. This is the one true time that the "creature" felt he belonged. Later on in the story, in chapter 24, the "creature" comes to the conclusion that he is alone forever. Here is a quote from him, “The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil. Yet even that enemy of God and man had friends and associates in his desolation; I am alone.” (Shelley 196) This is the "creatures" realization at the end of the book that he will never find a companion. There are just too many things against him. The moral that is found at the end is that you can not force friendship, it takes time to build one and make sure it's a lasting one.

Personal thoughts

Friendship has obviously changed so much compared to back when this story was set. Today, friends converse through technology and don't have much human interaction. However, in the 1700s, men and women were forced to converse face to face because they had no other option. I wish that I could live in a time where people were normal around other people because they dealt with them everyday. I hate today's way of communicating. I am not very technological savvy and talking through phones and computers can be frustrating and irritating for me. Face to face is also better because you can show so much emotion and have fun talking to someone, for me at least.

Importance

Having friends is one of the best joys you can get from life. Knowing someone you care for and they feel the same. Someone who you can talk to and someone you can trust. Without friends in this world, it can be very difficult to live in it and enjoy it. Look at the "creature" for an example. Friends you have known since childhood are the ones you hope to have forever. “The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.” (Shelley 188) Victor said this when talking about his best friend Henry and I still think that this quote has significance even in a world today which is so different from the time period of this story.

Captain Walton

Captain Walton is a great example of a man who didn't appreciate his life with others. Walton was all about what he can achieve in his lifetime, it's a great way to live but it hurts some aspects in his life like making friends. This quote really points out how Walton has not appreciated friends in his past that he lost along the was; "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." (Shelley 14) A second quote in the first letter he said, "You may deem me romantic, my dear, sister but I bitterly feel the want of a friend." (Shelley 4) He wrote these in his letters to Margaret. He knows he made the mistake of not appreciating the people there for him. He regrets it. That subject still is a problem today for many people. Being a hard worker is great, but it can hurt your social life. A lot of wealthy people do not have friends because of their work. They are harsh and cruel individuals that work hard for the upper hand in life but it comes at a cost.

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