Alienation And Loneliness In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Although very similar, the theme of alienation and loneliness have a minor difference that, in the end, result in different roles in building and destroying a character. In the beginning it first deals with a physical form of isolation, while the latter focuses more on a mental scale. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, alienation and loneliness plays an important role, because it shows how both themes affect and shape humans and the creature.
In the novel both Victor and the creature are alienated. Victor alienates himself whereas the creature is alienated from the beginning of his life. Victor chooses to alienate himself. In the creatures circumstances he has no choice but to be alienated, because of his appearance no one wants to be around the
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Victor’s loneliness led him to feel guilty because he had brought in such a horrible creature into the world. The creature’s loneliness led to his revenge of the deaths of Victor’s close family and friends. He wanted revenge since he has had no one since the day he was created. The creature then feels guilty for his revenge because his creator ended up dying while trying to seek revenge on the creature. When Victor dies, he then truly feels lonely, for now has no purpose to live, since his creator is now gone. Either way their alienation and loneliness leads them to guilt which creates a similarity into how both these characters are feeling throughout the novel.
Man is seen to be more “well-off” than a creature of some sort. Mary Shelley, however points out that given similar circumstances, man and creature are not as different as we would like to believe. Alienation has a huge effect on both Victor and the creature in a physical and mental way. Loneliness is also in both a physical and mental way for Victor and the creature. Alienation, by will or by force, may lead both man and monster to do irrational actions, ultimately leading to misery. Loneliness, ends up being by will for both Frankenstein and the

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