Human Emotions And The Creature

1632 WordsFeb 22, 20167 Pages
Human Emotions and The Creature Frankenstein is a novel by Mary Shelley that challenges the reader to consider what it really means to be human, specifically when impacted by loneliness and isolation. In the opening letters of Frankenstein, Captain Robert Walton craves a real connection with someone while out at sea, and feels sad and isolated as a result. Later in the novel, Victor Frankenstein is disconnected from the outside world and feels misunderstood, so he recreates life in his isolation. Most importantly, however, the creature is provoked by his isolation and loneliness to act out against the world around him. His actions are driven by his experiences with humanity, and although he is not actually a human, the creature experiences real human emotions. The creature desires to be accepted, loved, and understood, and when these desires become unattainable, he feels lonely, bitter, and angry, just as any human would. Near the beginning of volume II, Frankenstein ventures into the Alps in an attempt to escape his guilt after the creature kills his brother. In the meantime, the creature escapes into the wilderness to avoid rejection. Their lives collide, and they are full of bitterness and resentment toward one another. The interaction between the two provides evidence that the creature does in fact experience real human emotions. The creature tells Frankenstein: “You, my creator, abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing? They
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