Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Friendship in Frankenstein
Friendship in modern times is a lot different then it was back in Frankenstein times. Friendship now includes going to movies, taking pictures together and sleepovers. The creatures idea of friendship revolved around him bringing wood for his neighbors and them not trying to kill him. He considered that to be the ultimate idea of friendship. You can tell that is very different then it is now.
" I am now going to claim the protection of some friends, whom I sincerely love, and of whose favor I have some hopes. " (Shelley 113)
This quote is from the time in the book when he went to see the blind old man. The creature was hoping that he would befriend him and keep him safe from everyone else that wished for him dead. He needed the feeling of being loved by the old man, but as we later see, that's not how it goes.
" I often referred the several situations, as their similarity struck me, to my own. " (Shelley 110)
During this part of the book, the creature notices that he is alike the people he is watching. He can tell that they have things in common, but gets angered that he is different. This causes him to have a hate relationship with himself.
" Could they turn from their door one, however monstrous, who solicited their compassion and friendship? " (Shelley 111)
The creature is trying to explain how he knows how horrible and hideous he is, but he still deserves to be loved. In this part of the book, he accepts that he is scary, and that no one will ever love him.
"Outcast in the world forever." (Shelley 114)
Here, in this quote, he realized that he will never be accepted by anyone. The creature saw that even his father/creator didn't want anything to do with him, so he would create chaos. In modern days, some kids in school feel like they do not fit in anywhere. I can relate the creature to some outcasts in school.
" I found myself similar yet at the same time strangely unlike the beings. " (Shelley 115)
In the book, this is the first time when the creature sees the family in the cottage. He studies them and realizes that he knows some of the features of them are the same, but the same time he is different. The creature doesn't quite understand how they differ from each other. Even though the creature is very different from humans, he finds things they have in common, which helps him realize he might not be all bad. I think it is important today that children shouldn't be put down for what the cannot do, instead praised for the aspects they do well on.
"'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 is a good example from the book to show how lonely the creature was. He had no friends, because he was so disgusting, and no one to love. He was eager to have friends and create a bond with someone, since he had nothing like that before.
Modern Day Companionship
Companionship in modern days differs from what it was back in Frankenstein times. Now friendship is similar to being a relationship. You are always with the person and would do anything for them. I believe the creature needed friendship because of Victor completely abandoning him. It is important for everyone to have at least one friend. Friendship now can help kids in school and different social issues. If the creature had someone to talk to he probably wouldn't have hurt so many people and terrorized the city.