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Solitude In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In a world that is home to more than a billion people, there are only five basic fears that are acknowledged, one of them being solitude. Throughout Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and his creation exhibit many reasons demonstrating why solitude should be dreaded. While Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein initially induced their own isolation, the creature did not. Either way, solitude is not desirable, even when self-inflicted, and ultimately catalyzed for the fatal actions taken by these characters. Robert Walton embarks on an expedition to the North Sea with much excitement that quickly expires when a somber mood from his seclusion settles in. In one of his letters he wrote to his sister, he said “I…show more content…
It announced, “I could have torn him limb from limb, as the lion rends the antelope. But my heart sunk within me as with bitter sickness, and I refrained.” (Ch.15 P.97) The creature ran away from Victor in a set of rage and found the De Lacey family living in a cottage, learning how to communicate by Felix and becoming infatuated with him and his family. Thinking that this family could accept it because of their nature, the creature reveals itself to them, resulting in them mirroring Victor’s resentment. It was hard for the creature to hurt someone that it had developed a strong liking to, and therefore it let Felix strike it. This is significant because it is demonstrating how the creature is often rejected and isolated by the society it is amongst, and it realizes it desperately craved to be accepted by its own creator. This particular part reveals to us that solitude does not necessarily mean being alone, seeing as how the creature is mostly surrounded by different kinds of people, but that it is the state of being alone. In the creature’s case, this is a mental state. These overwhelming feelings clouds the judgement of the creature and it immediately goes to Victor, demanding Victor to make it a female companion. When Victor refuses, the creature promised him, “I will revenge my injuries: if I can not inspire love, I will cause fear.” (Ch.18 P.104) All throughout the book, the
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