Essay on Theme of Loneliness in Frankenstein

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Theme of Loneliness in Frankenstein

In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, one of the key themes is loneliness. For many, most of their time is spent with people, whether it is friends, family, coworkers, or strangers. Many of the characters in this book break that norm and spend countless hours alone. Having time to reflect and think about everything. Sometimes, the characters are still lonely, even with people, and sometimes friends around them.

The first character that we are introduced to is R. Walton. He is on a ship with many deck hands and crewmembers, but in his letter to Margaret, his sister, he states, "I have no friend. Even when I am glowing with the enthusiasm of success, there will be none to
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He knows that it was the monster and he feels very guilty and becomes antisocial. "Even though Elizabeth and I are so close, her presence doesn't seem to ease my agitation and depression." After everyone has gone to bed he spends much time out on the lake and even considers drowning himself. After the monster gives Frankenstein the request to make another like him, Frankenstein seems to get better, but he would frequently have to take several days off to be alone and away from everything. Once he finally gets going on the creation of another monster, he secludes himself to the almost deserted Orkney Islands. Each time Victor thinks about the monster or a new death occurs, he goes into fits of hysteria and gets sick for several weeks. Although there are people there to care for him, Victor is left all alone in his thoughts as they torment him. Finally, Frankenstein tells someone about the monster but when they fail to believe him he vows to spend the rest of his life, alone, pursuing the monster. He refuses new ties of friendship of with Walton because he is so stuck on vengeance.

A third character, who has no friend at all is Frankenstein's creation, the monster. "All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you my created detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bond by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us." The monster explained to Frankenstein that he has no

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