The negative effect of isolation being portrayed by Victor was not only psychological but it is physical too. The countless hours that Victor spent creating his monster caused him to become ill, and sleep deprived. This trait of being too obsessive in the process of making the monster caused him to be isolated from all his family and any outside communication. This eventually caused him destruction and will eventually create something that he viewed as hideous, which was the monster. Victor said at the end of the novel to Walton “They are dead .
They also face physical isolations from society, as they watch the people around them die. However, the mental isolation they endure is a far worse pain. It is difficult for them to reconnect with society because both Frankenstein and the mariner are trapped in their minds by the guilt that resides there; even after the physical burden has been eliminated. The only way that both Frankenstein and the mariner can find a connection to society, is by reliving the very thing that disconnected them from society. Storytelling does not get rid of the mental burden, but it lightens it because someone finally can learn to understand why they carry this burden.
Ethan 's dream "festered like a sore" and then escaped him (Hughes 3) Ethan didn 't have an untroubled happy. He spent his time being grumpy and complacent. Ethan "[looked] as if he was dead and in hell" because he chose to fester in his unpleasant situation with Zenobia (Wharton 5). Ethan had planned to become an engineer and moved to the city with Zenobia. He didn 't follow through with
The night that Richard Cory decided to end his life, was the night that was totally filled with loneliness. The author was trying to make sense to the readers. People 's blindness of the truth and the things they see which makes them envious: the materials, wealth and values. Besides, they forgot the real essence of what they keep them alive: the social wholeness. It only suggests that there 's a huge barrier between reality and appearance.
The creature is disliked by people because of its hideous character. For the creature, it finds this experiences painful since he loves people and would like to be incorporated into the way of life of people. He wants to be loved, his numerous attempts to fit into the life and the way of life of human beings makes it realizes that it won’t be loved and accepted. His first experiences with the society are where it opens its eyes and is finds out that Victor is scared. The creature finds itself in an awkward situation where he is left alone by someone who created him.
They both suffer from being isolated from their creator, society, and family units. They ways in which they are affected by this abandonment proves that isolation has grave effects on human interaction and social development. One way that the theme of isolation negatively affecting social development is presented in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is through the character’s separation from their creators. The creature is abandoned by Victor, his creator, as soon as he awakes. Being abandoned by his creator, the monster has no one to guide him, no one to teach him right from wrong and good from evil.
Isolation and a lack of companionship is the tragic reality for the monster, who was abandoned by his creator and is repulsive to everyone that he comes across. Victor removes himself from society for many months; severing nearly all human contact then renouncing his creation based on the monster's appearance. As the monster matures he begins to understands the relationship the cottagers share with one another, while the monster, “yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures: to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection was the utmost limit of my ambition.”(Shelley). Armed with nothing but the longing for a real connection, the monster approaches his unknowing hosts only to be “brutally attacked—by those he trusted...because of their human ignorance.”(Millhauser). This violent rejection is a repetition of Victor’s lack of acceptance for the monster and attention to his family.
In conclusion, in both of the novels the theme of isolation is presented through Grendel. He becomes evil, wants to be accepted, he feels helpless and he wants to take revenge. Both of the novels show that Grendel is alone and he is characterized as a evil monster because he doesn't know anything, but to do bad things to other people. Grendel doesn’t have intentions to kill people but his loneliness leads him to become evil because he feels that he is unwanted in his world. All in all, Grendel’s isolation is caused by not being understood and listened.
There are many themes displayed in the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There are themes such as blind ambition, the dangers of playing God, prejudiceness, revenge, need for love, and many others. Isolation is a major theme that consistently reappears throughout the novel. The aloneness that is displayed in Frankenstein drives the characters to act irrationally. The book Psychology and Personal Growth explains that, solitude or loneliness often refers to our separation from other people.
Joyce Carol Oates states in her essay Frankenstein Fallen Angel, “…he (Victor) seems blind to the fact that is apparent to any reader – that he has loosed a fearful power into the world, whether it strikes his eye as aesthetically pleasing or not, and he must take responsibility for it.” Victor is unwilling to care for the creature, because he finds him dreadful, so he takes the easy way out and leaves the creature to take care of himself, which he is not capable of doing. Victor’s obsession to act superhuman blinded him while he was creating the creature because he had a desire to assemble the creature from makeshift parts so that the creature would be hideous and therefore inferior to Victor. The creature is formed as an ugly being so that it is easier for Victor to walk away from. Victor is willing to abandon his own creation because he views the creature as a, “… filthy mass that moved and talked” (136). Victor is stirred by his work, but not in a positive manner.