Essay on Frankenstein and the Sorrows of Young Werther, Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley.
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the literary texts interwoven in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. It talks of a story about a girl Lotte and a boy named Werther. The two fell in love although the girl was already engaged to an older man Abert. When Lotte marries the older man, Werther commits suicide because of rejection. The creature in Frankenstein finds this book and teaches himself to read from it. Shelley makes a reference to the novel The Sorrows of the Young Werther and Victor’s creature gets hold of the book and reads to practice language skills and pass time. Through this book, the creature learns a lot about feeling and emotions. The
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They were both yearning for love and companion and this was what brought sorrow in their lives. However much they tried to get this love and companion, the world isolated them and they were forced to live in isolation with lack of love and companion. The creature in Frankenstein suffered because of lack of companion and love and that is why he decided to killing mercilessly in order to release his anger and sorrows. On the other hand, Werther killed himself so as to release his anger and sorrows of rejection too.

In The Sorrows of the Young Werther, there is a young girl who drowns herself in the river when she was abandoned by her lover. Through this story, the creature learns about suicide whereby after killing Henry Clerval, he frames the scene of attempted suicide by drowning him in the water. The story taught the creature despondency and gloom and in addition, inspired him to commit suicide just as he had read from it. Another similarity is the deaths that occur in both stories. In The Sorrows of the Young Werther, the deaths happening in the story are because of lack of love and companionship. This drill into the creatures mind that happiness in life demands for a companion and that is the reason why the creature demanded for companion. In addition, the creature knew that if one lacks companion, people have to die and that is why he was ready to kill in order to get a companion. Generally, both Frankenstein’s and The
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