Frankenstein And His Social Life In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Frankenstein and the creature are similar in that they both begin their journey with goodness and dreams and that they allude to Paradise Lost in the same context of a fallen angel although they are also different in that Frankenstein blames the creature for all the bad that has happened while the creature blames it on his misery, and that Frankenstein has rejected his social life while the creature craves for it. Frankenstein and the creature are similar in that they have a moment of dreams and goodness in their beginnings. Frankenstein began his studies in hopes of becoming famous. The whole reason for the creation of the creature was to become famous for being able to bring the dead to life. In the story he says, “I believed…show more content…
In the story, Frankenstein was born into a rich family, had many friends like Henry Clerval, went to college, and was pretty much given a soon to be wife at a young age. All these social relationships he began his life with, however, it seemed he deemed them insignificant due to his studies. He went to college to begin his studies in science at Ingolstadt. There he spent much time doing research and was so involved in his studies that a lot of times he stayed up late and didn’t eat much. Because of this, he didn’t send any letters back to Geneva for his family because he simply seemed to like his work more. He states, “the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends” (75). Frankenstein was so caught up in his studies that he didn’t even pay attention to his surroundings. He didn’t pay attention to his friends, and he didn’t pay attention to his family back in Geneva. He was so blinded by this desire to bring the dead to life and felt this scientific breakthrough was more important than his social relationships. In contrast, the creature was born an abhorred being and wasn’t allowed into society. He lived a life of isolation, was always kicked out of villages, and never given a chance to live among humans. In fact, the only real way he got some social relationships was by observing the De Lacey family although not confronting them. So in reality, he had no chance to be given a good social life from the start and craved for it. Even when attempting to join the De Lacey family, he was kicked out of their house. In the story it says, “My protectors had departed, and had broken the only link that held me to the world” (251). He has been constantly rejected by people and is forced to live in isolation. He even mentioned that the only way he had a connection to the
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