Loss of Friendship in Frankenstein
Andrew B. Conley English IV Mrs. Nichols 03/25/14 1 Frankenstein The story of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is a British literature classic. It has actually ended up being so well-known since of how clearly its messages transcend through time and highlight issues that the reader has in their own life. The best theme from Frankenstein is the requirement for friends or companionship, and the loss of these requirements. Readers of the book will observe that this message stands out to them due to the fact that everyone has had to deal with being a castaway at some time in their life.
Several of the characters throughout the novel have actually overcome this outcast difficulty, nevertheless they all revolve around Victor Frankenstein either getting in or leaving their lives. The very first example of the lack of relationship is represented when Robert Walton is composing a letter to his sibling and he says “I have no pal, Margaret: when I am radiant with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my delight; if I am attacked by dissatisfaction, nobody will endeavor to sustain me in dejection” (4 ). Robert feels completely alone and while he is secluded in the northern oceans there are few individuals that he can make riends with. However, like some sort of wonder a male drifts up beside his ice-wedged vessel and inquires about their present location. After he boards, they discover that he is Doctor Frankenstein and Robert continues to make a note of his life story, or his biography. During this composing process, which took a number of weeks, Robert ends up being extremely intimate with Victor’s life and gains a good friend. The real loss of this friendship does not happen till much later on in the story after Robert continues the narrative. Shortly prior to Victors death, Robert questions “Must I lose this admirable being?
I have longed for a good friend … however, I fear, I have gotten him just to understand his value, and lose him” (157 ). This friendship is an exceptional example since it covers the totality 2 of the book from the first chapter to the last and despite the fact that Robert just understood Victor for a few weeks he mourned the loss of his only buddy greatly. Although Victor Frankenstein had very couple of individuals left in his life at the time of his death, Robert Walton is not the only person to reveal sorrow on behalf of his passing. Quite all of a sudden, Frankenstein’s Beast in fact reveals regret at the loss of his aster. It does nevertheless make sense that the monster would grieve at this since Victor was all the monster ever had. The bond between them is not always a relationship however rather a subtle companionship, a minimum of from the beast’s point of view it is. On Victor’s deathbed, the monster sobs “I have actually dedicated my developer, the select specimen of all that deserves love and adoration amongst guys, to suffering; I have pursued him to even that irremediable ruin … You hate me; however your abhorrence can not equal that with which I regard myself” (165 ). The monster claims that he ates himself to Robert. He hates himself due to the fact that he realizes that the only true tie he has on earth is his creator and that without him he has no true function in life but to die in flames. Miserably, he captures this after he has stomped out the last little fledgling life left in Victor. The beast has not had the same upbringing as the human beings he engages with have actually had and for that reason he can never ever truly identify with them. He shows his compassion and love for victor by destroying his joy and dragging him down into the emotional abyss that he currently esides in, and he does this by killing off everyone that is essential to Victor. This forces Victor to be in agreement to the monster, totally and irrevocably alone. The incompetence of the beast in regard to his actions eventually kills Victor, this sick friendship is reminiscent to a kid towards a toy. The child enjoys the toy but will try to break it. However, he will just understand the effects of his actions once he has broken the toy and will show remorse for 3 doing so. The beast broke a lot of parts of Victor’s life however one part seemed to destroy him ore than all the others, the murder of Henry Clerval. When Victor moves away from his house of Geneva, Switzerland to go into college at Ingolstadt, he needed to leave his friend Henry Clerval. Henry wanted to join Victor in his studies at Ingolstadt however his dad would hear none of him leaving the family organisation and would not permit him to participate in the college. So while there alone, Victor goes a little mad and only the presence of Henry brings him a little back towards peace of mind. At the unexpected sight of Clerval visiting him “Absolutely nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval; his existence brought ack to my ideas … of house so dear to my recollection, I grasped his hand and in a minute forgot my scary and misery” (37 ). It is obvious from this quote that Victor is extremely good friends with Henry and even his outlook on life can be altered by the mere presence of Henry. It is essential to understand of this close bond later in the story when Frankenstein is holding up completion of his deal made with the beast by making a bride-to-be. Once Frankenstein changes his mind about creating her and discards the parts into the ocean, the beast goes into a rage and, like he illed all his other victims, strangled Henry Clerval. When Victor is informed of this treachery, he enters into tremors and exhibits manic habits. At the sight of his body “I gasped for breath; and, throwing myself onto the body … The human frame might no longer support the miseries that I endured, and I was carried out of the room in strong convulsions” (129 ). This negative response showed just how deeply Henry and Victor’s lives were linked, it appears almost as if a part of Victor is being torn from him as he experiences physical discomfort at the sight of
Henry’s cold and unanimated remains. It takes numerous weeks and the participation of his daddy for Victor to break out of this dejection, this proves how much more powerful this loss suggested to Victor than the other two examples. Shelley likewise adds a twist in with the loss of this relationship due to the fact that the 4 previous two have actually been a result of Victor dying, this occurrence is the product of Victor experiencing the discomfort of loss. The heartache experienced by these characters raises a question that has been requested for centuries, is it better to have liked and lost than to never have loved at all?
All of these situations were essentially various, but profoundly the same. Robert has to handle the loss of the only individual he relates to and his just real good friend. Frankenstein’s monster has to recognize that the male he thought he hated really indicated more to him than anything else which he was accountable for his death. Finally, Victor Frankenstein needs to grieve the loss of his childhood companion and most likely the single earthly object that kept him sane after his clinical experiment went horribly incorrect. Shelley did an incredible task of connecting all of the characters adness through Victor as he is the psychological critical character of the entire story. All of the friendships in this story were made with Victor and eventually eliminated normally by death and the responses of the characters to these losses is what makes this story applicable to everyone’s life. It must then be true as Frankenstein has shown, it is worth loving and losing even if the expense of losing is death. After all, is a life without love, friendship, or companionship worth living? The funeral pyre of which the monster’s ashes reside on can address that question adequately.