Companionship in Frankenstein

Jess Bair Pd. 2

Connection to the Text - Quotes

(Page 92) "This trait of kindness moved me sensibly. I had been accustomed, during the night, to steal part of their store for my own consumption, but when I found that in doing this i inflicted pain on the cottagers, I abstained and satisfied myself with berries, nuts, and roots which I gathered from a neighboring wood."

- This shows us companionship/friendship because when or if we hurt our friends, we will do whatever it takes, like perhaps making sacrifices for them, in order to be happy again. That is what we see in this quote. It shows us that the creature realizes that stealing the cottagers food only hurt them, even thought their food was better than the nuts and berries he had been eating before. Though, in order to reestablish some happiness, the creature vowed to make do off of the berries, nuts, and roots that he used to in order for his friend to be happy.

(Page 123) "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."
- In this quote, the creature is asking Victor to make him a mate. The creature says that he is miserable because he has no companionship, and wants his mate to be of the same defects so that she will not be disgusted by the way he appears. He also says that they will live simply and away from everyone - never to hurt people again. This shows us the extreme importance of having an emotional bond with another being. Creature is practically begging Victor for a companion because hes realized he will always be shunned by all of society.

(Page 127) " 'I swear,' he cried, 'by the sun and by the blue sky of heaven, and by the fire of love that burns my heart, that if you grant my prayer, while they exist you shall never behold me again.' "

- Here, the creature is promising Victor that if he creates this mate for him, he will take her and leave; they will not bother anyone and will never come back to Europe. This really made me think of companionship because the Creature is ready and willing to get up and leave behind everything (what very little he had) just so that he can live in isolation and happiness with a being of his own stature. He desperately wants someone by his side to accept him and he is willing to leave the continent in order to do so; The creature wants to know what love and compassion feel like very badly.

(Page 111) "when i contemplated the virtues of the cottagers, their amiable and benevolent dispositions, I persuaded myself that when they should become acquainted with my admiration of their virtues they would compassionate me and overlook my personal deformity."

- In this part of the scene, the creature is trying to figure out when he should 'introduce' himself to the cottagers and if they will accept him for what he is when he does so. The creature is basically saying here that he imagines the cottagers accepting him, because 'its what's on the inside that counts'. He hopes that they will overlook the way he looks, and see him for his caring and passionate personality.

(Page 81) "Oh, Frankenstein, be not equitable to every other and trample upon me alone, to whom thy injustice, and even thy clemency and affection, is most due. Remember that I am thy creature; I ought to be thy Adam, but I am rather the fallen angel, whom thou drivest from joy for no misdeed."

- In this quote, the creature is pretty much telling Victor that he of all people should love him and treat him with kindness. Like Adam was God's first creation, the Creature was Victor's creation. He does not understand why his creator - the man who made him and wanted him alive - now curses the day he was brought to life and is tortured by his every breath. In a way, the creature feels empty and abandoned because he should have at least had one companion in this hurtful world, and even he (Victor) hates the creatures existence. It's this sense of abandonment that makes the creature become malicious.

(Page 48) "Get well - and return to us. You will find a happy, cheerful home and friends who love you dearly."

- In this quote, Victor receives a letter from Elizabeth. She expresses her concerns at how they had not heard from him in months, though she learned that he now appeared frail and sick. She tells Victor that, whenever he is ready, he can come home to a loving, safe place filled with people who care about him. This is important to companionship because that exact warm, home-like feeling is all the creature ever wanted, and its everything that at one time Victor gave up in order to be confined to the making of the creature.

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Modern Connections

The Creature's idea of friendship is much different from our idea of it today. The creature longed for a soul mate - someone just like him to spend all his life with. Though we may still long for that in our time, people instead now sit behind the computer screen and "chat" with their Facebook "friends" and log on to to see if they perhaps they found 'the one'. The Creature wanted a true relationship and friendship with another being. He wanted to see the smile and face of a person next to him while having a conversation with them, not simply just observe people like he did to the cottagers. In today's society, text messages are preferred over phone calls. Updates on Twitter occur more frequently than a friendly hello or wave. Friendship isn't like it used to be at all. It was more appreciated and special to the Creature and Victor than it is to people today. Furthermore, the Creature wanted to mainly have a relationship with his creator or father and in turn, he wanted nothing to do with him. Sadly, how many times does that happen in today's world as well? Some babies/children may be put up for adoption for a good cause - so that they have better living arrangements and a better life over all. Though sometimes its just because the parents simply don't wish to nourish and take care of it. Companionship can be very important in some peoples lives, while others have a lesser view of it. As seen in Frankenstein and in the world today, if friendship often goes bad or you are deprived of it, it can often lead to some sort of negative outcomes.
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