Frankenstein Friendship

By Madi Bigley

Friendship in Frankenstein in a Modern world.

This book relates to friendship and companionship also including the effects on people of this generation and how we communicate with each other. This generation communicates mainly by social media. We don't communicate outside of it which is a shame because if we didn't have social media like Facebook, twitter, instagram, and snap chat a lot of people would not have as many friends and wouldn't even go out and meet people. The creature tried to talk to people and now because of social media we do not.
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"In M. Waldman I found a true friend. His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry." (Shelley 35)

Walton sees the potential for a meaningful friendship growing, but he doesn't understand that Frankenstein has lost a lifetime of friends due to their connection to him.

"Yet my heart overflowed with kindness and the love of virtue." (Shelley 73)

The monster desired the friendship of the De Lacey family and went about seeking ways to gain it by doing small chores for them anonymously and educating himself so that they would see past his horrid face.

"Must I then lose this admirable thing? I have longed for a friend; I have sought for one who would sympathize with and love me." (Shelley Ch 24)

The creature is sad because the family was afraid of him and did not accept him. When they saw him they ran away and the creature was sad and angry. He knew that it was victor's fault that he scared people. He then burned the house that the family used to live in and vowed revenge on Victor Frankenstein.

"My duties to the beings of my own species had greater claims to my attention because they included a greater proportion of happiness and misery. Urged by this view, I refused, and I did right and refusing, to create a companion for the first creature." (Shelley Ch 24)

Victor realizes that it is not a good idea to build a companion for the creature and therefore destroys the one he was working on. He refused to build a companion for the creature.

"When I looked around I saw and heard none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned." (Shelley 105)

The De Lacey family was too afraid of him to befriend him, so the monster was rejected by a family he had come to care for. Frankenstein was responsible for his state of isolation, and the monster planned to make him pay for his insensitivity. He was angry and vengeful, so he sought out Frankenstein.

"I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but no one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me. My companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create." (Shelley 129)

The creature is lonely and mad at frankenstein for making him the way he is. Since he lost the family that he was watching for a while he now wants Victor to build him a companion like him so that he doesn't have to be alone.
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Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, Douglas Clegg, and Harold Bloom.Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. New York, NY: Signet Classics, 2013. Print.


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