Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essay

1134 Words Nov 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Camaraderie, the mutual relation that has the power to interconnect society, is imperative in the lives of creatures to guarantee well-being as illustrated through the interactions of the characters in Mary Shelley’s gothic novel Frankenstein. Mary Shelley argues that companionship balances out the unwanted qualities of a person, while also providing a sense of acceptance in an otherwise judgemental society. As stories and wisdom is exchanged between comrades, Shelley sees this as beneficial because personal growth is achieved. Mary Shelley insists that companions are able to subdue the darker traits of a persona, and are therefore able to bring out the better side of it. One such example is between Victor Frankenstein and his adopted sister Elizabeth. As Elizabeth and Victor mature, their personalities could not be more different. While Elizabeth’s innocence is not tarnished and everything about her is angelic, Victor is increasingly immersed in his frenzied obsessions with science and natural philosophy. Fortunately, their polar opposite personalities balance each other out, as Victor states, “I might have become sullen in my study, rough through the ardour of my nature, but that she was there to subdue me to a semblance of her own gentleness” (Shelley 24). Elizabeth is able to keep Victor grounded and slow down his path to destruction because she accounts for Frankenstein’s lack of compassion. This makes it possible for him to do such things as appreciate…

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