7 March 2013
The Importance of Friendship
In Frankenstein by Marry Shelley, Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who becomes intrigued by science so intensely that he attempts to achieve the impossible and create life. After months of research and strategic practice Frankenstein accomplishes his goal and creates something that resembles a human man, however it is not quite right. Frankenstein is terrified of his creation and attempts to reject the creature; this results in a multitude of issues for not only Frankenstein, but also all of those that are close to him. Many situations that Frankenstein finds himself in could have been prevented if he would have allowed himself to accept the help of his friends. Shelly uses revenge, pride and secrecy to illustrate the importance of friendship in Frankenstein. The main conflict in this novel is the revenge the creature intends to inflict on Frankenstein for his inability to befriend and accept him. Frankenstein created the creature and then rejected his creation forcing the creature to learn how to survive and function on his own in the world. Due to the creatures horrific physique no human will befriend him, this lack of friendship causes him to go into a fit of rage and despise Victor, his maker, for abandoning him. The creature scorns all mankind because of Victors refusal to love him, when he and Victor encounter one another the creature says, “ How can I move thee? Will no entreaties cause thee to turn a favorable eye upon thy creature, who implores thy goodness and compassion? Believe me, Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserable alone? You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow-creatures, who owe me nothing?”.(Shelley103). The Creature is begging Frankenstein for his compassion, all he desires is for his creator to accept him and give him company. The Creature goes on to explain that because...
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