Essay on Solitude in Mary Shelley´s Frankstein

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Solitude is one of the most significant elements in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Throughout the novel, it is clear how alienation has consequences on nearly all the characters of the novel, in one way or another. Shelley’s personal solitude is reflected in her writing of the novel. Whether it is a chosen or forced solitude, it’s the common link between three characters: Victor Frankenstein, the creature, and Robert Walton. The author’s personal life was coloured by solitude. She found solitude even in her gender because it isolated her from the company of men who shared her interests and aspirations. Whilst writing Frankenstein, Shelly faced a very painful and tough isolation after the death of both: her husband and her child …show more content…
Unlike Frankenstein, who has had a loving family at young age and later on chooses solitude, the creature from his very first moment has been rejected and shunned by his own creator. The creature longs for a companion. His forced solitude starts when Victor flees away from him and completely neglects his responsibilities toward him. Being left alone, the creature wanders by himself, facing more disapproval from every single person he meets. People either flee from him or they attack him. Having human nature, the creature needs care and love, yet he doesn’t receive any and not just that, he does not get any kind of affection, people show violent behaviour towards him. After his last hope to tell his story to the blind cottager has been met with failure, he gets fed up from his loneliness and from all humans. “There was none among the myriads of men that existed who would pity or assist me; and should I feel kindness towards my enemies? No; from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and more than all, against him who had formed me and sent me forth to this insupportable misery.” All the crimes he does after this, is a reasonable reaction to all the hatred he has received. Even when Victor has promised him to create a spouse for him, he destroys it, so the creature kills Elizabeth and Clerval, which shows

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