Friendship In Frankenstein Research Paper

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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, friendship is important throughout the entire novel, because it is the goal of Walton, the narrator, as well as the monster that Frankenstein created. In this romantic text, loneliness and isolation motivate the monster to turn to destruction. Walton seeks for a friend he can share memories with on his voyage to the North Pole. When he is separated from his sister, he loses the companionship and it makes him want a friend even more. He writes to his sister, “I have no friend, there will be none to participate my joy” [...] “I desire the company of a man who could sympathise with me” (Shelley 19). Victor, Walton, and the monster desire a companion to either fall back on during times of misery, to console with, or to learn from. When Walton and Frankenstein cross paths, Walton sees in him the potential for the kind of friendship that he desires. He says, “I should find no friend on the wide ocean; yet I have found a man who, before his spirit had been broken by misery, I should have been happy to have possessed as the brother of my heart” (Shelley 28). Frankenstein is very intelligent, passionate, and sensitive considering the tragedy that surrounds him. He is the kind of friend that Walton could talk to about his fears and dreams. But…show more content…
But he doesn’t understand that Frankenstein has lost his closests friends just because of their connection with him. Walton has quite a few talks with Frankenstein about sharing his enthusiasm with a friend. Even though he hopes Frankenstein will be that friend, it is not meant to be. Although Frankenstein agrees with Walton about the importance of friendship, he tells Walton that he has lost all the people that he cared about and wished to form no other ties of affection. He tells Walton, “I - I have lost everything and cannot begin life anew” (Shelley

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