Essay on Frankenstein Literary Analysis

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Frankenstein Literary Analysis

Friends will determine the direction and quality of your life. Loneliness is a battle that all people will once face at a certain point in their life; it is how they handle it that determines the outcome of that battle. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein loneliness is the most significant and prevailing theme throughout the entire novel. Shelley takes her readers on a wild journey that shows how loneliness can end in tragedy.
Robert Walton is the first character introduced that is lonely. “I desire the company of a man who could sympathize with me, whose eyes would reply to mine.” (Shelley 10) Walton tries to mend his loneliness by writing letters to his sister, but it is just not enough. Communicating
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The effects of this terrible burden have progressively damaging results upon the monster and indirectly cause it to act out its frustrations on the innocent friends or family of Frankenstein. The monster's emotional isolation makes it gradually become angrier until evil fully prevails, and the lives of Frankenstein and the monster end in catastrophe. Shelley continues the story after Victor Frankenstein's death and have Frankenstein's story serve as a warning for Walton as well as Shelley's readers. Even though Victor is the one who calls the monster "wretched" (Shelley 66), it is eventually Victor that becomes the monster. He is exiled, alone, and detested just like the monster. "Victor's reproaches echo those of the monster: 'No one was near me who soothed me with the gentle voice of love; no dear hand supported me" (Zimmerman 145). This last quote by psychologist Zimmerman perfectly summarizes the demise of Victor Frankenstein with his emotional abandonment at its core. This lesson learned allows Frankenstein to warn a friend who is about to undergo the same emotional fate as Frankenstein.
In conclusion, several characters’ struggle with loneliness in the novel. Victor and the monster’s uphill battle with it ultimately end with death. Although, Victor’s loneliness was brought on by himself, the monster’s was not. No one was made to be alone.

Works Cited
Coulter, Susan. "Frankenstein - A Cautionary Tale of Bad Parenting." Mary Shelley

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