Essay about Only the Lonely

1177 Words May 19th, 2014 5 Pages
Only the Lonely
Frankenstein is Mary Shelley's most notable piece of work, written when she was only eighteen years old. The novel explores the theme of loneliness and rejection. The monster created by Victor Frankenstein is rejected by human society because of his appearance. Mary Shelley explores the feelings of how the creature is utterly ignored and abused by the society. I believe the novel became a reflection of the inner state of Mary Shelly. It reflects sufferings and loses that occurred in the own authors life. As notes Anthony Badalamenti in his article Why did Mary Shelley Write Frankenstein: “She was also the product of her own past, suffering three successive losses in her early life that reveal why themes of being alone and
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“Frankenstein so beautifully explores the consequences of living and working in isolation. After cloistering himself to bring dead flesh to life, Victor Frankenstein condemns his creature to loneliness. The creature does the same to him in revenge. Solitude makes monsters of both” (Badalamenti). Victor creates a monster but he does not understand the true meaning of his actions.
Loneliness and alienation is one of the main themes of the novel. It is notable that all the main characters of the novel experience feelings of loneliness and alienation. The creature, Victor and Walton all experience these feelings. Victor Frankenstein, does not have good relations with his family. He does not keep in touch with his father and sister despite the eagerness to maintain a close relationship with him. Shelley describes in great detail good relations in Victor's family and their desire to keep in touch with Victor. Despite this fact Victor does not make any attempt to support any relationships with his family. He dedicates all time and effort to science but it does not bring him enough moral satisfaction. Victor can not find the way out for his negative feelings and uses science and experiment as a way to entertain himself and to rid loneliness. The Shelley uses the old theme of Faust when the search for technical progress and scientific advances results in the loss of humanity. Victor does not possess feelings of love and compassion. The Creature notes several

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