Clerval Relationship In Frankenstein

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Throughout Frankenstein, Mary Shelley creates an idea that without human connections the lives of individuals and society as a whole would suffer dramatically through her dynamic characters and their contrasts with the monster. She demonstrates that companionship is a natural necessity for all living things by describing Clerval’s effect on Victor. The idea that the roles of paternal figures influences all creatures and their interests is also portrayed in the novel. Both relationships of friendship and creator with creation not only has an effect on the individual, but also all of society, as Shelly shows that one’s decision can affect the world around them.
Clerval, Victor’s closest friend, plays a key role in the well being of Victor
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The monster felt close to the Delaceys and considered them his family, so when they react to the presence of the monster in a negative way, he finds a way to retaliate by seeking revenge on the creatures he perceives as evil, humans. By doing this, he isolates himself from all intelligent life, leaving him “alone and miserable” which leads him to demand Victor for a “companion...of the same species and same defects,” (129). Even the monster, who has not been alive for very much time and has had almost no social interaction, realizes that a companion is needed for any living being.
A paternal figure is significant in any creation’s life. Because of his parents and his background, Victor is persuaded to embark on an enterprise that leads to the creation of a monster. After the death of his mother, he becomes fascinated with how someone “whom [he] saw everyday…can have departed forever” which ultimately leads him to question if he can create life and bring back “the brightness of a beloved eye,” (29). His father also influences Victor during his childhood. On a fateful stormy day, Victor picks up the works of Cornelius Agrippa, but his father told him not to read it as it is “sad trash.” But because of the natural tendencies of children to be curious and rebellious, Victor “continued to read [the book] with the greatest avidity,” (25). The teachings of Agrippa allow Victor to view the sciences in a different, supernatural light and he even states that it leads to
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