The Theme of Solitude and Lonliness in Mary Shelley's Frankestein

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Themes are often included in literature in order to provide more meaning and an enhanced understanding of the text. In the novel, Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley in 1818, Shelley conveys the theme of solitude and loneliness through the featured characters and their actions. Throughout the duration of this novel, we see Shelley using the characters Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and his creation to introduce and emphasise this theme of loneliness and solitude. This theme originates from Shelley 's personal life and problems with her husband and father, which carry over into the novel and make it more realistic. During the time Shelley was writing Frankenstein, she was experiencing the emotional pains of her newborn 's death and…show more content…
The creature describes his own desire for a family when he states, “The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearns to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection, was the utmost limit of my ambition”. However, the rejection from this family is the precipitating event which leads to it seeking revenge against its creator. The Creature reflects on its loneliness: "Satan had his companions" (88), "I was alone. I remembered Adam 's supplication to his Creator; but where was mine? He had abandoned me, and, in the bitterness of my heart, I cursed him" (88) and "I am an outcast in the world forever" (90). The loneliness of the Creature leads it to unbelievable acts of violence, the first one being the killing of Frankenstein 's youngest brother William. The Creature describes its horrible sin in detail and states, "I gazed on my victim, and my heart swelled with exultation and hellish triumph: clapping my hands, I exclaimed, 'I too can create desolation; my enemy is not impregnable; this death will carry despair to him, and a thousand other miseries shall torment and destroy him '" (97).
Captain Robert Walton 's loneliness originates from being a failed poet who wants deeply desires something great to occur to him. Walton 's loneliness is augmented by the letters he sends to his sister, Margaret Saville, and it

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