By: Brad Lennox

What is friendship?

A state of mutual trust between friends.

Friendship expressed in Frankenstein

"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 endeavor to sustain me in dejection" (Shelley 4)

This quote from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein expresses how Robert Walton feels in his letter back to his sister Margaret. He is expressing how he has no friends and no one to share his achievements with when they come.

Quote #2

"we are unfashioned creatures, but half made up, if one wiser, better, dearer than ourselves- such a friend ought to be- do not lend his aid to perfectionate our weak and faulty natures." (Shelley 14)

This quote expresses how they are just creatures living in a world where everyone is shown as their own person and everyone has their own traits.

Quote #3

"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?" (Shelley 105)

This quote shows how the creature doesn't have anyone and just wants people to talk to and interact with. But instead he gets looked at as a freak and everyone runs from just the sight of him.

Quote #4

"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." (Shelley 129)

This quote also shows the extreme hardship that the creature is going through by not have any friendship with anyone. It also shows how badly he just wants someone to communicate with someone and how sad he gets when know one wants him.

Quote #5

"The cup of life was poisoned forever, and although the sun shone upon him, as upon the happy and gay of heart, he saw around him nothing but dense and frightful darkness, penetrated by no light but the glimmer of two eyes that glared upon him" (Shelley 166)

In this quote although everything may seem fine around him really he is being killed on the inside by the lack of friendship. He is saying "the cup of life was poisoned forever" because he is so hurt that there is no fixing the pain he feels.

Quote #6

"he beheld those he loved spend vain sorrow upon the graves of William and Justine, the first hapless victims of this unhallowed arts." (Shelley 73)

This quote shows how the creature is now turning from being sad that he has not friends and no one to talk to and now he is becoming mad and is going to cause as much pain to Victor as possible.

Modern Connection

Although Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is a very old book it relates to the modern day idea of friendship in many ways. It shows how without friendship there is no communication, trust, or relations between on another. It also shows how without friendship you will turn to be miserable and angry that no one is there for support.

The Facts

  • 70% of employees say that friends at work lead to a happier working environment.
  • The average human can have only 150 significant relationships at the same time.
  • Friends in the workplace make you more productive.
The Importance of Friendship - A Video Mashup

Importance of Friendship

The above video although connecting to modern friendship also relates to friendship in Frankenstein. The video shows how much friends mean and what a true friend is and that when you come by them not to let them go. This connects to Frankenstein because the creature didn't have friends which let to him having no love and eventually killing many people.


"Do You Agree With These 10 True Facts About Friendship?" The Huffington Post UK. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

"The Importance of Friendship - A Video Mashup." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and J. Paul Hunter. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, Contexts, Nineteenth-century Responses, Modern Criticism. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. Print.