Frankenstein- Can Convenience Be F
In the Romantic duration of literature, nature was often related to isolation in a favorable method. Throughout the novel, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley, there is a strong symbolic relationship between loneliness and nature. Nevertheless, Shelley utilizes the relationship to show the negativeness of being alone. The relationship of nature and isolation is shown through 3 characters in the story: Victor Frankenstein, his animal, and Robert Walton.
At the times when the characters are alone and in requirement of companionship, they feel depressed, confused, and upset; they do not believe clearly, and, as a result, they make wrong decisions. They look for sanctuary in nature, and attempt to utilize its beauty to discover responses and to fill their void of relationship. Yet, none of the characters ever conquers their bouts with loneliness because they never ever discover true comfort in nature. Victor Frankenstein declares, “No human being might have passed a happier childhood than myself” (Shelley, 19).
His early life was filled with love and nurturing from his parents, his stunning and admired buddy Elizabeth, and his best friend Henry Clerval. However, after he leaves his house to continue his education at Ingolstadt, he says, “I, who had ever been surrounded by pleasant companions, constantly participated in venturing to bestow mutual satisfaction, I was now alone” (Shelley, 25). Frankenstein no longer feels all the happiness he when felt when he was united with his friends and family.
He alienates himself from others because he thinks he is “absolutely unfitted for the company of complete strangers” (Shelley, 25). When Frankenstein is at Ingolstadt, he “has a devoid of the soul” so profound that he subverts Nature to fill it (qtd. in Renfroe, 2). He develops, “A new species would bless me as its developer and source; many happy and exceptional natures would owe their being to me” (Shelley, 32). Frankenstein decides to make a creature, to defy the powers of Nature and God– a poor decision that ruins the rest of his life.
When Victor finally prospers in his quest to possess Nature, “horror and disgust” fill his heart upon seeing his brand-new creation (qtd. in Renfroe, 2). He sought companionship by capturing Nature and creating someone to honor him for giving them life; but it backfired and he sealed his fate to the wrath of his creature. When Victor Frankenstein is once again separated from his beloved friends and family, this time by their deaths, he feels the discomforts of isolation. He once again retreats to nature.
He relates to nature the same method William Wordsworth carries out in his poem “Tintern Abbey”: “well delighted to acknowledge/ In nature and the language of the sense/ The anchor of the purest ideas, the nurse,/ The guide, the guardian of my heart, and soul/ Of all my moral being” (107-111). When Frankenstein ventures into the mountains of his homeland, “A tingling long-lost sense of enjoyment frequently stumbled upon me” (Shelley, 65). He searches for himself and consolation for the loss of his household.
However, as Wordsworth explains in his poem, “I bounded o’er the mountains, by the sides/ Of the deep rivers, and the lonely streams/ Wherever nature led: more like a man/ Flying from something that he dreads, than one/ Who sought the important things he enjoyed” (67-71). Frankenstein’s want for convenience is never really addressed, but he can not clearly see that because he is blinded by nature’s beauty. Again, he does not defeat his solitude through nature. Frankenstein’s creature likewise withstands solitude. He is pushed away by society due to the fact that of his physical look as a monster and daemon.
In addition, his “daddy”, Frankenstein does not support him, so he is alone with no instructions or understanding. However, he too searches nature for solace and answers. “In these early days, Nature offers the fundamental requirements of the beast, and the monster goes into a cooperative interaction with Nature” (Renfroe, 3). Since no one else is there for him, and Nature offers him with food, drink, shelter, and light, the creature appears to discover consolation in nature. Yet, even that turns sour, when the creature desires more than just the basic needs, however friendship also.
After the creature’s continual efforts to find companionship with the cottagers, villagers, and kids he meets in the woods are shot down, his sensations “were those of rage and vengeance” (Shelley, 97). Following the violent encounter with Felix, the animal gets away into the woods. Nevertheless, instead of getting compassion from nature, he says: “Oh! What a miserable night I passed! the cold stars shone in mockery, and the bare trees waved their branches above me: from time to time the sweet voice of a bird burst forth in the middle of the universal stillness.
All, conserve I, were at rest, or in pleasure: I, like the arch-fiend, bore a hell within me; and, discovering myself unsympathised with, wished to tear up the trees, spread out havoc and destruction around me, and then to have actually sat down and delighted in the destroy.” (Shelley, 97) Nature no longer offers the animal with the convenience it when did, but rather exasperates the animal still more, and is threatened with damage. Therefore, the creature does not conquer his solitude through nature.
Robert Walton is a small character in Frankenstein; yet, he still shares the exact same lonely feelings that Frankenstein and his animal suffer. Walton is a guy with a romantic quest, without any buddy to share in his ups and downs. In a letter to his sister, he states, “However I have one want which I have actually never ever yet had the ability to please; and the lack of which I now feel as a most severe evil. I have no pal” (Shelley, 4). Considering that Walton can not find anybody to fill his space for a friend, he rather satiates his strong thirst for knowledge, and journeys through nature to discover a passage in the Arctic north.
This is seen when Walton states, “But besides this, there is a love for the wonderful, a belief in the wonderful, linked in all my projects, which rushes me out of the common paths of males, even to the wild sea and unvisited areas I am about to explore” (Shelley, 6). He tries to find comfort through nature, yet it is never enough. Once Walton fulfills Frankenstein and finds a real pal in him, he begins to “enjoy him as a brother” (Shelley, 11). He fills Walton with happiness, nerve, and determination to attain his quest.
Nevertheless, when Frankenstein begins to reach completion of his life, Walton starts to misery and feel upset with the loss of the one he values and appreciates so. When he needs to face his sailors’ mutiny versus the trip through the north, Frankenstein wait him. Yet, when Frankenstein’s life gradually escapes, Walton has no option than to give into his crew’s demands to go back to England. This shows that with the lack of Walton’s companion, nature is no longer sufficient to comfort him. Frankenstein is the strength behind Walton.
People are very based on anyone or anything that brings them convenience. Although people in some cases believe that nonliving things, such as nature, can make up for deep space they have in their lives, they could never ever be really satisfied with just that. They require to feel friendship and love from a good friend to keep them strong, happy, and on the ideal course. Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley, straight shows how respect and love of nature is essential, yet the presence of friendship subdues all.