In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, she incorporates many different things such as companionship but also very much abandonment. Throughout the story, many of the characters are in search of the place where they belong, and the companions they will share that place with. Victor and the monster, in particular, are in search of these things. As a result of this lack of companionship, life appears to be miserable for these characters. Shelley illustrates this theme through the creation of the Wretch, the months that this creature spends in isolation, and in the chase, between Victor and the monster.
In the beginning of this novel, Victor’s character is introduced as an introvert searching for his purpose. After spending a good amount…show more content… There are many months that the wretch spends in isolation, with only a view of the neighbor family to keep his attention. As he spends so much time observing this family, he begins to become very lonely and aches for a family to love him as these people do each other. “For the present I would remain quietly in my hovel, watching and endeavoring to discover the motives which influenced their actions” (p. 105). This eventually begins to take a toll on the creature, as he realizes more and more how alone he truly is. Not only is he alone in the woods, but in the entire world, he is the only one of his “kind”. "And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man” (p. 115). He begins to feel isolated from the rest of the world and want a companion of his own nature. This time spent alone gives the creature time to reflect on his emotions and to figure out what he wants in life. The creature’s wish to find a place where he belongs is evident in this section of the novel, but it seems to fall