Shelley's Response To The Theme Of Loneliness In Frankenstein

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The creature, created by Frankenstein, is in many ways like human beings. He has the ability to learn, just as one grows up as a child knowing nothing, the creature is able to develop a language by learning. For instance, the creature himself says, “[he] sympathized with and partly understood them,” (Shelley 55). This goes to show he has feelings and is able to comprehend what is occurring around him. However, the creature is also different from human beings. The creature comes to say of himself, “[he] was dependent on none and related to none… [his] person was hideous and [his] stature gigantic,” (Shelley 55). The creature wants most in life to be accepted as a human and have love; his goal however seems unattainable. As you can see, Frankenstein comes to say to the creature, “who long for the love and sympathy of man,” (Shelley 64), in response to the creature’s want for a companion due to his loneliness. The creature’s experiences have shaped his opinion of himself from being a kind creature, to now seeing himself as the monster he is treated like. The creature intends to do good deeds saving a human, “and as a recompense [he] now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound,” (Shelley 61). He has the potential for both good as well as evil, since he was created from 8 different men. He has the ability to obtain good and evil and he demonstrates it throughout the story and his own experiences he shared to Frankenstein. He compares himself to a monster because he is treated as one.
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