Companionship and Empathy

Marking Up The Margins

“…we need another soul to cling to.”

-Sylvia Plath

Victor Frankenstein’s monster “grows up” without any kind human contact. His entire socialization process happens via observation. His observation of family life and love gives him a desire for that love and companionship for himself.

This drives the creature to asks Frankenstein that he “must create a female for me, with whim I can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for my being.” He claims that his “monstrosity” and maliciousness comes from his misery and loneliness.

The creation is shunned by all of humanity and feared by those who see it. Even the creator has an intense desire to destroy his own creation and it is not because of his monstrosity that he is hated but his monstrosity emerges because he is hated and feared. This creates a vicious cycle.

The logical solution, then, would be for him to…

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