Frankenstein Final Assessment
By: Ethan Bennett
"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). In this quote Robert Walton is sending a letter to his sister telling her that he has no one to enjoy his success and life with. He is lacking any friendship and companionship in his life.
"what chiefly struck me was the gentle manners of these people, and I longed to join them, but dared not. I remembered too well the treatment I had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers, and resolved, whatever course of conduct I might hereafter think it right to pursue, that for the present I would remain quietly in my hovel, watching and endeavoring to discover the motives which influenced their actions”(Shelley 105). This quote is about how lonely and isolated the monster feels and how he longs for friendship or companionship, but is too afraid from prior events to attempt to gain this.
- “I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man”(Shelley 115). This quote is by the creature and at this point of the book he begins to have a sense of self and says how he has nothing including no friends. At this point he feels extremely dejected and alone.
- "I,who had ever been surrounded amiable companions, continually engaging in endeavouring to bestow mutual pleasure- I was now alone"(Shelley 440.This quote wa from when he first moves to Ingolstadt and he is lonely and longs for companionship.
- "I am an unfortunate and deserted creature ; I look around and have no relation or friend upon earth"(Shelley 127). This is the creature saying how he has no one to relate to him or be kind to him and at this point in the book feels completely deserted and hopeless.
- "I had no right to claim their sympathies-as if never more might I enjoy companionship with them"(Shelley 142). This quote is Victor talking about he will have to isolate himself again if he creates another creature for the creature and how he will have no companionship if he decides to do so.
How has modern technology affected friendship today?
Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein, Or, The Modern Prometheus. Ed. Walter James Miller. London: Signet Classic, 2003. Print.
"57% of Teens Have Made New Friends Online." Pew Research Center Internet Science Tech RSS. Pew Research Center, 05 Aug. 2015. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.