Mn Saves the Day


Due date: March 27th

Friends in Need Just Need Friends

The first insinuation of the importance of friendship in the novel “Frankenstein,” comes from Walton himself. “I have one want which I have never yet been able to satisfy; and the absence of the object of which I now feel as a most severe evil. I have no friend Margaret: when I am glowing with enthusiasm of success, there will be none to participate my joy; if I am assailed by disappointment, no one will endeavor to sustain me in dejection”(10). Walton’s declarations to his sister in what he needs from a friend, is universal. Trust, sympathy, honesty, and compassion are the tools used to start and sustain friendships. Friendships are symbolic of the expression and extension of the self. Walton wishes for a relationship which mirrors the idealized vision of his self. Walton expresses this notion by stating to his sister, “You may deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend. I have no one near me, gentle yet courageous, possessed of a cultivated as well as capacious mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans. How would such a friend repair the faults of your poor brother!”(10).   Walton is motivated to manifest a kindred spirit within Victor. Observing Victors finer attributes, Walton himself seems to align his own identity with these more “polished” qualities. “I am self-educated, and perhaps I hardly rely sufficiently upon my own powers. I wish therefore that my companion should be wiser and more experienced than myself, to confirm and support me; nor have I believed it impossible to find a true friend” (16, 17). These protestations are sentiments not unlike the monster’s.
As with most friendships, they seem to be the result of commonalities between the two parties. The monster is placed in an unfortunate circumstance where “common” doesn’t exist. “Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant; but I knew that I possessed no money,...