Frankenstein Lifelesson

Life lesson # 1 friendship/companionship

  • He came like a protecting spirit to the poor girl, who committed herself to his care; and after the interment of his friend he conducted her to Geneva and placed her under the protection of a relation. Two years after this event Caroline became his wife.
  • Nothing could exceed the love and respect which the younger cottagers exhibited towards their venerable companion. They performed towards him every little office of affection and duty with gentleness, and he rewarded them by his benevolent smiles.
  • "I consent to your demand, on your solemn oath to quit Europe forever, and every other place in the neighborhood of man, as soon as I shall deliver into your hands a female who will accompany you in your exile.
the first quote shows the significance of how Frankenstein's mother and father were married because they gained a passionate companionship from one another after his father took care of his mother when she lost her father.

the second quote shows how much the creature is learning and wanting to have a companion/ friend in the story.

the third quote shows just how important friendship is to the creature and how he will do anything to be released from having no one their for him.

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  • A friend is one who is there for you when others are not
  • Modern day friendship is also crooked and impure because of the fact that the uncertainity in modern day lives makes most people selfish and opportunistic and thus destroys the resolution that should be otherwise present in one's life

work cited

"Modern Day Friendship." Modern Day Friendship. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2015.

Life lesson #2 knowledge

  • Unless I had been animated by an almost supernatural enthusiasm, my application to this study would have been irksome, and almost intolerable. To examine the causes of life, we must first have recourse to death. I became acquainted with the science of anatomy: but this was not sufficient; I must also observe the natural decay and corruption of the human body.
  • The untaught peasant beheld the elements around him and was acquainted with their practical uses. The most learned philosopher knew little more. He had partially unveiled the face of Nature, but her immortal lineaments were still a wonder and a mystery.
the first quote from the passage shows just how much Frankenstein longed to gain knowledge, and how some things are better to be unknown in the world.

the second quote from the passage shows us what knowledge people feel is worth obtaining and what should be left forgotten.

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Life lesson #3 responsibility

  • Your threats cannot move me to do an act of wickedness; but they confirm me in a determination of not creating you a companion in vice. Shall I, in cool blood, set loose upon the earth a daemon whose delight is in death and wretchedness? Begone! I am firm, and your words will only exasperate my rage."
  • "You are in the wrong," replied the fiend; "and instead of threatening, I am content to reason with you. I am malicious because I am miserable. Am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces and triumph; remember that, and tell me why I should pity man more than he pities me? You would not call it murder if you could precipitate me into one of those ice-rifts and destroy my frame, the work of your own hands
the first quote from the passage shows how Frankenstein has learned from his past mistakes. It also show how he holds himself responsible for the many wrongs the creature has committed, and that he doesn't want to be responsible for the turmoil that could be a result of the creation of a mate for the creature.

the second quote from the passage shows us just how much the monster doesn't hold himself responsible for what he has done in the past, and how much he feels Frankenstein is responsible for everything he has done for the simple reason of him being his creator.

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the quote in the image states that we should take full responsibility for our actions because if we don't want to be held accountable we should never have done whatever it was. This fits in with modern day responsibility, and the quote from the story because responsibility hasn't changed over time. Also it allows us to understand why Frankenstein wouldn't create the mate for the creature.