Friendship In Frankenstein

Zach Bearley

Quote 1: Letter 2, p. 4

"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." This shows how important friendship is, very early in the story. When Walton meets Frankenstein, he sees in him the potential for the kind of friendship that Walton desires. Frankenstein is intelligent, passionate, and sensitive despite the tragedy that surrounds him; the kind of friend Walton could talk to about his fears and aspirations. But Frankenstein is so weakened by exhaustion and misery that Walton doesn't want to disturb him.

Quote 2: Letter 4, p. 12

"My affection for my guest increases every day. He excites at once my admiration and my pity to an astonishing degree." Here, Walton is showing that as Victor gets stronger, he sees more potential for a friend in him. He exclaims to Victor that he wants to share his stories with a friend, but Frankenstein agrees with Walton concerning the importance of friendship, he tells Walton that he has lost all the people in the world whom he cared about and wishes to form no other ties of affection.

Quote 3: Chapter 6 p. 51

"I must say also a few words to you, my dear cousin, of little darling William. I wish you could see him; he is very tall of his age, with sweet laughing blue eyes, dark eyelashes, and curling hair. When he smiles, two little dimples appear on each cheek, which are rosy with health. He has already had one or two little WIVES, but Louisa Biron is his favourite, a pretty little girl of five years of age."
Elizabeth showed how important friendship was throughout the book. Victor always thinks about her and tries his best to stay in touch with her through letters. She begs him for a letter back in his own writing so she can know he is well. Showing how important friendship is because they really needed one another, and when they were separated somehow they seemed to become ill.

Quote 4: Chapter 7, p.55

"William is dead! That sweet child, whose smiles delighted and warmed my heart, who was so gentle, yet so gay! Victor, he is murdered."

It seems odd that a friend so close to him couldn't help him, but she wasn't informed of the burden he bore. Had she known what was disturbing Frankenstein, perhaps she could have found a way to help him. But he was alone in his misery, isolated by his own horrific error. This tears Victor apart because he was responsible for William dying.

Quote 5: Chapter 16, p. 122

"He struggled violently. 'Let me go," he cried; 'monster! Ugly wretch !' ... "Frankenstien! You belong then to my enemy-to him towards whom I have sworn eternal revenge."

The monster intended to kidnap William and try to convince him to be his friend; he believed this would work because someone so young couldn't have any prejudice. But upon learning that he was related to Victor, killed him. Killing William was a direct result from being so lonely all his life so far.

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Quote 6: Chapter 17, p. 125

"What I ask of you is reasonable and moderate; I demand a creature of another sex, but as hideous as myself; the gratification is small, but it is all that i can receive, and it shall content me."

The monster explained to Frankenstein that he had no friends and was lonely. And his quest in life was for companionship and understanding. It was his loneliness that made him savage. Frankenstein didn't want to leave the monster lonely, but over time decided that he couldn't create the monster. Frankenstein willingly condemned the monster to a life of loneliness and isolation with his refusal to create a companion.