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Quest for Friendship vs. Loneliness - Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

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Quest for Friendship vs. Loneliness Justine Jennings English 3H February 10, 2004 The loyalty! The trust! The intimacy! Creating friendships is a complex aspect that the human race craves. A valuable slice of needs included in one large pie of necessities. Yet, the cravings to create companionship can be unsatisfied by the seeker. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley reveals loneliness and the desire for friendship in Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and the monster. Robert Walton expresses his need for a companion on his journey to the North Pole. For example, as he is composing his letters to his sister at the beginning of his journey, he writes, "But I have one want which I have yet been able to satisfy; and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil. 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" (4). ...read more.


same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time" (33). Victor deliberately dismisses the thoughts of his friends due to his eagerness and ambitious attempts to create life. His secrecy and absorption in his creation isolates him from the world of open social associations. Yet, when the monster asks Victor to create for him a companion, Victor expresses to his friend Henry Clerval, that he would rather be forth alone, "'enjoy yourself, and let this be our rendezvous. I may be absent a month or two; but do not interfere with my motions. I intreat you: leave to peace and solitude for a short time; and when I return, I hope it will be with a lighter heart, more congenial to your own temper'" (118). Victor intentionally leaves to keep the monster away from his loved ones, yet in the process, he isolates himself from his friends and society. ...read more.


As soon as he beheld my form, he placed his hands before his eyes, and uttered a shrill scream; I drew his hand forcibly from his face and said, 'Child, what is the meaning of this? I do not intend to hurt you; listen to me'" (102). Like any other man, the boy is prejudiced towards the creature unknown to him. As a result, the monster kills the boy and continues to precede his life in loneliness and rejection. Therefore, the monster then parallels the life of both Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein for his attempts to acquire friends, and his determination to do so. Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein, and the monster all have one point in common. Their admirable demonstration of willpower. All three go at great lengths to achieve their goals and needs. Yet, all three are forced to jump hurdles. Robert Walton finally finds a friend, but Victor doesn't last long, and gradually passes away. Victor Frankenstein continually isolates himself and does not seek the consolation and friendship of others. And the monster is kind, but he is not accepted. Therefore, they all have a tragic flaw, which is friendship. Robert and the monster seek it, yet Victor avoids it. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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