By Michael Nejak and Jimmy Hantz
In this quote, Walton expresses his need for a true companion out on his travels. This quote shows the value of a friend through empathy and compassion. If Walton were ever to succeed in his goal, he would have no one to rejoice with him or to console him if he had failed. A friend can help to support you in a time of trouble and grief, helping you to move on to the next day without strife. A friend will encourage you to push forward and persevere and will praise you when you pull through.
This quote shows how Victor’s mother loved Elizabeth so much that she was willing to sacrifice herself to aid her. It shows how family and friends should be willing to protect you at all costs. A friendship/family bond is meant for the mutual well being of both people. If a person has fallen ill, a true friend or family member feels a certain sorrow for you and, depending on how strong the bond is, will help to return to health, even at the cost of their time, money, and life.
This quote shows Victor’s delight in seeing his old friend. Victor has withdrew himself from all contact with his family, even to the point of obsession with his creation. When we shut out the friends around us, we seem to lose something inside of us. When we are reunited with our friends, we tend to forget the trials of the day and focus on having a good time with your friends.
This quote shows both the optimism of the De Laceys and how the creature admires them. A true companionship/friendship should transcend all hardships they face. Think about marriage vows (“for better or for worse”, “in sickness and in health”,”till death do us part”). These values also apply to strong friendships. No matter what happens, the group will muddle through and will not allow themselves to separate. The De Laceys also show how a good companionship can set a good example for others as it does for the monster.
This quote shows two things. First it shows how Elizabeth has changed since Victor left as she was scared that she was losing him. It again shows the hole left from Victor’s absence and it also shows the worry that Elizabeth felt for Victor. The absence of someone you love can cause a great deal of stress and can take a toll on your well-being. The quote also shows the true love that Victor has for Elizabeth. She wasn't as pretty as she had been when he left her, but he still loved her and appreciated her companionship. Appearances don’t matter in a relationship as long as the heart is there.
Even while the creature feels hatred for the human race for rejecting him, he still seeks “fellowship.” He felt sorrow for rejecting Victor and destroying his family and still wants a friend, whether it be human or...after-human. Everyone has a need inside of them for a friend. This is especially true if you are rejected, as it appears that you can’t sensibly make friends.
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