The Importance of Companionship Essay

901 Words Oct 22nd, 2011 4 Pages
“In this prison it is only in human intercourse that I can pretend to find consolation” (Shelley 191), writes Mary Shelley on January 18th, 1824, to describe her extreme state of loneliness two years after her husband’s passing. This passage shows how lack of companionship can make the world seems empty, while an abundance of companionship will fill the lives of those who are so blessed to possess it. In many novels we can see how the protagonist always has their confidante, or someone who they will turn to when they are filled with despair and agony. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is no different. Each character has a need for the presence of a kind and loving soul in their life, or they could be turned into creatures of misery and anguish. …show more content…
“I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months, calm and serene joy. I welcomed my friend…” (Shelley 37) shows his happiness when Clervel arrives, for a moment he even forgets the creature he had created. He says: “With this deep consciousness of what they owed to the being to which they had given life… I received a lesson of patience, of charity, and of self-control…” (Shelley 16), in which you see how the parent of a child understands that the child needs a caring, loving hand in order to grow up with a caring, loving heart. Victor seems to have forgotten this lesson that his parents taught him when he is repulsed by his creation, of whom he was so sure that “… no father would claim the gratitude of his child as I should so completely…” (Shelley 32), yet he rejects the monster because of its hideous appearance.
“All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, they creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us” (Shelley 83). This passage is very enlightening as to how companionship or lack thereof can affect one greatly. The monster that Victor Frankenstein created was wretched in his ugliness. He felt as if “when [he] looked around [he] saw and heard of none like [him]” (Shelley 105). This ‘monster’ did not want be “a blot upon the
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