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frankenstein: loneliness

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Frankenstein: Loneliness Caitlyn Livingston & Heather Cleland 1. "'When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?'" 2. " 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 endeavour 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; whose eyes would reply to mine. You may deem me romantic, my dear sister, but I bitterly feel the want of a friend. I have no one near me, gentle yet courageous, possessed of a cultivated as well as of a capacious mind, whose tastes are like my own, to approve or amend my plans" Quotes
3. "Sometimes I allowed my thoughts, unchecked by reason, to ramble in the fields of Paradise, and dared to fancy amiable and lovely creatures sympathizing with my feelings and cheering my gloom; their angelic countenances breathed smiles of consolation. But it was all a dream; no Eve soothed my sorrows nor shared my thoughts; I was alone. I remembered Adam's supplication to his Creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me, and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him." 4. "I am alone and miserable, man will not associate with me, but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me." Music 5. "I shunned the face of man, all sound of joy, or complacency was torture to me; solitude was my only consolation." 6. "and the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom i had not seen for so long a time." 7. "the abrupt sides of vast mountains were before me; the icy wall of the glacier overhung me; a few shattered times were scattered around; and the solemn silence of this glorious presence-chamber of imperial nature was broken only by the brawling waves, or the fall of some vast fragment, the thunder sound of the avalanche, or the crackling reverberated along the mountains of the accumulated ice, which, to the silent working of immutuable laws, was ever and anon rent and torn, as if it had been but a play thing in their hands." 8. "you must create a female for me, with whom i can live in the interchange of those sympathies neccessary for my being." 9. "you propose," replied i, "to fly from the habitations of man, to dwell in those wilds where the beast of the field will be your only companions. how can you, who long for the love and sympathy of man, persevere in this exile? you will return, and again seek their kindness, and you will meet with their detestation; your evil passions will be renewed, and you will them have a companion to aid you in the task of destruction. this may not be: seize to argue the point, for i cannot consent" 10. "I am content to suffer alone while my sufferings shall endure: when i die, i am well satisfied abhorrence and opprovrivum should load my memory. so what? Rationale explanation 1: The monster feels lonely because he has no one who is of the same kind. Mary Shelley is trying to say that people need others that are like them inorder to feel accepted and not alone. explanation 2: Again, Mary Shelley explains that in order to not be lonley you need friends who have the same interests as you do and you can relate to. explanation 3: The monster wants victor to create someone for him so he will no longer be lonely and he will have a friend. He wants someone to share his thoughts with because everyone else has left him. Mary Shelley also compares the monster's supression to the story of Adam and Eve. explanation 4: people that are like you are more likely to accept you for who you are and to want you around more often. "Creep" by Radiohead This song makes me think of the monster wandering through the woods after he was chased out of the cottage. He was lost and alone; desperate to find someone to communicate and relate with him. He felt that he was terrible and no one wanted to be around him because of the way Victor made him look. He felt like he didn't belong. Loneliness is an important theme in Frankenstein because it is a relatable feeling and Victor, Robert Walton, and the monster display it. After Victor Frankenstein creates his monster he abandons it. The monster feels so lonely he turns angry and wants to seek revenge. When Victor realizes that he brought life to the creature that killed his family members and friends he feels hopeless and isolates himself from others. Also, Robert Walton feels lonley on his ship and writes letters to his sister because he has no other companion to write to. Connections Non Fiction http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200308/the-dangers-loneliness Rationale Explanation 5: Others shunned the monster for the way he looked and would not accept him. When someone is treated similarly to the way the monster was they feel upset and isolate themselves to avoid the rejection of others which can make them feel even more lonely than before. explanation 7: explanation 8: People want to be with someone who will accept them for who they really are and can relate to their feelings. explanation 9: explanation 10: "...evidence has been growing that when our need for social relationships is not met, we fall apart mentally and even physically. There are effects on the brain and on the body. Some effects work subtly, through the exposure of multiple body systems to excess amounts of stress hormones. Yet the effects are distinct enough to be measured over time, so that unmet social needs take a serious toll on health, eroding our arteries, creating high blood pressure, and even undermining learning and memory. A lack of close friends and a dearth of broader social contact generally bring the emotional discomfort or distress known as loneliness. It begins with an awareness of a deficiency of relationships. This cognitive awareness plays through our brain with an emotional soundtrack. It makes us sad. We might feel an emptiness. We may be filled with a longing for contact. We feel isolated, distanced from others, deprived. These feelings tear away at our emotional well-being." Romanticism Paragraph
Pop Culture Edward Scissorhands Frankenstein's monster and Edward Scissorhands are similar. They were both created by scientists and left alone. They had problems being accepted into society so they were lonely and desired companionship. This article talks about the dangers of loneliness on people's lives. The characters who felt lonely in Frankenstein were often depressed and isolated because of their lack of interactions with other people. Here shelly describes a scene that shows the lonliness in nature through the silence of the land. in life you are with the people who are most like you, and if there is none like you, you are alone. shelly is saying that some would rather suffer alone if they must undergo suffering The theme of lonliness is displayed through out the novel. From the letters where Robert Walton talks to his sister about the importance of having friends, all the way to the monster asking Victor to create a companion for him so that he is no longer lonley. Shelly understands and shows the need for belonging and to be accepted by the people around us. Marry Shelly creates a monster who is an outcast, a character that is alone through out the novel, and makes him reveal to the reader the extreme consiquences of secluding others. victor, the creator of the monster, is forced to live a life alone for banishing his creation and live with the knowledge that his creation was responsable for the death of his own family. explanation 6:
sometimes the things around us make us forget the people who are there for us.
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