Last updated: July 24, 2019
Topic: Family
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Both main characters Victor Frankenstein and his Monster act the way they do because of their physical and mental isolation from society. Victor Frankenstein chooses to be isolated from society and his family on his own. He travels away from home for his desire to obtain more knowledge about natural philosophy. He fancied about creating new life and this is what drives him to create his monster. The monster itself is filled up with overwhelming hate and anger because there is nobody out there like him. The more he killed Victor’s loved ones, the more attention the creature received from Victor. Eventually he had killed everyone close to Victor and had gained Victor’s full attention, when Victor vowed to do everything within his “power to seize the monster” (Shelley Chapter 22). The monster kills everyone around close to Frankenstein because he wants him to know what it feels like to be alone. He started with his younger brother William which also resulted in the death of Justine who was blamed for the incident. Even though Victor knew it was his fault his brother died, he couldn’t speak the truth in fear of what might happen to him. Next was Clerval, his best friend from childhood and finally it was his wife, Elizabeth.  Victor states: “But I was in reality very ill; and surely nothing but the unbounded and unremitting attentions of my friend could have restored me to life. The form of the monster on whom I had bestowed existence was forever before my eyes. By very slow degrees, and with frequent relapses that alarmed and grieved my friend, I recovered” (Shelley Chapter 4). This shows us that after creating new life Victor feels it made him recover from the illness that is to be alone. He acts like only creating someone to worship him as god will heal him from his isolation, proving once again that isolation has made him ill. Even the reason Elizabeth dies is because of the Monster’s isolation. The monster kills Elizabeth because he wants Victor to feel isolated as he is the only kind of his species.  Michael Bond, author of “How Extreme Isolation Warps the Mind” puts it best: “For most people, prolonged social isolation is all bad, particularly mentally. We know this from psychological experiments on the effects of isolation and sensory deprivation, some of which had to be called off due to the extreme and bizarre reactions of those involved” (Bond 1).  Victor and his Monster’s actions are all products of physical and mental isolation.