Friendship in Frankenstein
Friendship is one of the most common human desires found all over the world in every different type of people. In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, this deep-seeded need is explored, especially as it manifests itself in the hearts of three great men. Captain Walden writes to his sister about the loneliness that he is experiencing on his journey at the very start of the book. Then, as the story progresses, a similar want can be found in Victor despite his tightly woven relationship with Henry Clerval. The Creature is constantly denied his lust for companionship demonstrates the horrible consequences of incessant loneliness. His amiable nature combined with his grotesque appearance proves to be a horrific collaboration that serves only in gaining rejection as he is shunned, quite irrationally, over and over again by all living beings. The Creature's suffering could only be abandoned if he were able to encounter an unprejudiced and completely tolerant friend. Shelley masterfully conveys the importance of a kindred spirit and the overall necessity of loyalty between people.
Victor Frankenstein's successful closeness with Henry Clerval plays a valid foil to the Creature's unrequited passion for a comrade. Their intimacy is extremely obvious when Victor relates that, "Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval;…I grasped his hand, and in moment forgot my horror and misfortune;"(p.44). The close friendship between these two grown men prospers and expands up until Clerval's tragic death, which is caused by the Creature. The actual termination of this particular companionship works symbolically to show the final path of destruction the Creature has chosen to take. His greed for revenge has at last forced him to relieve Victor of the one thing he seeks. It is evident at this point that the emotions of the Creature are far too butchered to still contain legitimate hope. This drastic turning point in the story exposes the insanity that only seclusion can wreak upon a human soul.
The Creature does everything in his power to discover someone with whom he can connect and confide in. Unfortunately, all his efforts are in vain as he is continually rejected and placed in the role of an outcast, an almost undeniable...