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 product of Victor Frankenstein's research and dedication
The man who created the "creature"
Victor's lover/adopted sister
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.
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.
Works Cited Block
"Sappho's Torque." Sapphos Torque. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015. (Victor Picture)
"FRANKENSTEIN Review: Movie and Book." Jovial Minutia. N.p., 19 Oct. 2014. Web. 12 Nov. 2015. (Elizabeth Picture)
"Mary Shelley's Frankenstein." Cineplex. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015. (The "Creature" Picture)
Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015. (Social Media Picture)
"Cartoon Bubble." Cartoon Bubble. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015. (Thought Bubble Picture)