Frankenstein Reading Notes-1.docx - Fabiola Flores Mrs Karen Dorman World Literature II April 1st,2020 Frankenstein Reading Notes Thematic strands 1

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Fabiola Flores Mrs. Karen Dorman World Literature II April 1 st ,2020 Frankenstein Reading Notes Thematic strands 1. Isolation or Alienation/Community or Relationships “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 the 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. I shall commit my thoughts to paper, it is true; but that is a poor medium for the communication of feeling. I desire the company of a man who could sympathise with me.” (Letter II, p.4) – This quote reflects on the isolation of Robert Walton. He wants the company of a person who can understand him as a friend. “I begin to love him as a brother; and his constant and deep grief fills me with sympathy and compassion.” (Letter IV, p. 11) “They consulted their village priest, and the result was that Elizabeth Lavenza became the inmate of my parents’ house-my more than a sister-the beautiful and adored companion of all my occupations and my pleasures.” (Chapter 1, p.17) Victor is narrating the story of the girl that his parent’s kind of adopted and later for him to marry. “But I united myself in the bonds of the closest friendship to one among them. Henry Clerval was the son of a merchant of Geneva.” Chapter 2, p. 19)- Victor describes how he met his best friend. Henry is his closest friendship in the novel. “I loved my brothers, Elizabeth, and Clerval.” (Chapter 3, p. 25) Victor friendship circle is exceedingly small and those were the people whom he trusted the most. “Two years passed in this manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped to make.” (Chapter 4, p.29) Victor is so obsessed with his studies that he isolates and has no communication with his friend and family. “I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit.” (Chapter 4, p.33) This supports the fact that he isolated for his studies. “Study had before secluded me from the intercourse of my fellow-creatures, and rendered me unsocial.” (Chapter 4, p.45) Until this point is when Victor realized his mistake and how his quest for knowledge has made him isolate from his friends and family.
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“It was dark when I awoke; I felt cold also, and half-frightened, as it were, instinctively, finding myself so desolate.” (Chapter 11, p.71) The monster describes that he had no one since his creator didn’t want him. “I admired virtue and good feelings and loved the gentle manners and amiable qualities of my cottagers.” (Chapter 13, p.85) Since the monster was isolated, he learns from the cottagers from afar. He admired their kind and gentle manners despite the fact that they didn’t know him. “I love my cousin tenderly and sincerely. I never saw any woman who excited, as Elizabeth does, my warmest admiration and affection. My future hopes and prospects are entirely bound up in the expectation of our union.” (Chapter 18, p. 109) Even though he spends
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