Friendship in Frankenstein

Matt Valenti

Quote 1 Friendship

"I have no friend, Margaret; when I am glowing with enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; If i am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavor to sustain me in my dejection" Letter 2 Pg 4.

Quote 2 Friendship

"'I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but 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.'" Chapter 16, pg. 129

Quote 3 Friendship

"'When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?'" Chapter 13, pg. 105

Quote 4 Friendship

"Great God! If for one instant I had thought what might be the hellish intention of my fiendish adversary, I would rather have banished myself forever from my native country and wandered a friendless outcast over the earth than have consented to this miserable marriage. But, as if possessed of magic powers, the monster had blinded me to his real intentions; and when I thought that I had prepared only my own death, I hastened that of a far dearer victim." Chapter 22, pg. 174-5

Quote 5 Friendship

"All men hate the wretched; how then I must be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you my creator detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us." Chapter 10, pg.81

Quote 6

"'When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?'" Chapter 13, pg. 105

Modern Connection 1 Loneliness

Loneliness plays out in the Monster's life in Frankenstein because it leads the monster to a total killing rampage and the monster kills all of Victor's family so Victor is also lonely. Also due to loneliness Victor ended up creating the monster in the first place. Humans are not supposed to live solitary lives. Science has shown that humans are not supposed to live solitary lives. Isolation affects everything from stress levels, to happiness and life expectancy. In the book Frankenstein, Victor isolated himself and paid the ultimate price for it.

Modern Connection 2 Appearances

In Frankenstein, the Delacey family was too afraid to befriend the creature due to monstrous appearance. In life people tend to judge completely based on looks whether it's race, gender, clothing style, or the people you associate with. If you do not appear as society wishes you to appear you are judged or cast out from society.

Modern Connection 3 Family

In the book Victor's mother dies earlier in the book which is impetus for creating the monster. The book suggests that having a good family is necessary to prevent such things as the creation of a monster to occur. However the Delacey family is exiled in the woods which shows that even if they are exiled their family ties are still strong. Also in Frankenstein Walton writes letters to his sister, instead of a friend or wife. In modern times having a good family is very helpful because your family will always be there to help you through whatever hardships you may face in your life.

Work's Cited

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"Notes on Frankenstein Themes." BookRags. BookRags, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2015.