Companion: One That Accompanies Another
“God created man and, finding him not sufficiently alone, gave him a companion to make him feel his solitude more keenly.” -Paul Valery
Imagine your existence without your family, friends and anyone who looks upon you with kindness. You are deprived of the fundamental human need for love and companionship; completely isolated from society. This reality lacks some of the most crucial experiences that have been valued from beginning of creation.
How does this connect to a novel filled with unearthly creations and a new revelation in science? Good question, after finishing Frankenstein the classic novel by Mary Shelley, it is evident that desire for companions play a critical role in the acclaimed Gothic story. I was fascinated by the profound representation of companionship within Shelley’s writing. Above the themes of invention and nature I was intrigued by everyone’s desire to have companionship. The entirety of the story revolves around this concept and Shelley conveys it throughout all elements of the novel. The most effective component was her use of an epistolary format, throughout each perspective every narrator expressed a similar yearning for companionship and love. I found Shelley’s story telling to be ingenious as she seamlessly introduced the identical desire within her characters. The creature reasons with Victor to create another like him saying “you must create a female for me with whom I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being”( Shelley 156). These arguments reflect Victor’s personal aspiration for his own companionship and he is temporarily persuaded to the creatures ambitions. Shelly only further conveys this theme, by Walton communicating his needs of a companion to his sister during the letters of Victors story. For me this aspect of the story brought the theme full circle and made a preponderant impact as opposed to a singular narration.
I personally appreciated the incorporation of the theme companionship, as I felt that it provided a needed contrast against the harsh personalities of the characters. Prior to reading the creatures perspective I was not aware of how the neglect he faced would impact his longing to experience companionship. I previously accepted that the creature was the monster Victor presumed him to be, so the concept that he wanted a companion humanized him. This development in his characterization establishes a empathetic relationship between the reader and the creature. We as people can glimpse our own need to feel connected to another through the eyes of something viewed as foreign from us. I found this theme to be captivating as it is still predominant in most works to this day. To summarize, the novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley utilizes the theme of companions to intricately weave together a tale of monsters, science and innovation.
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University, Cambridge. Cambridge Dictonary. 2018.