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” The lifeless thing that lay at my feet… my candle was nearly burnt out”. Frankenstein has made himself isolated by abandoning everything to create his creature. Mary Shelley develops the theme of isolation in chapter 21 when Victor Frankenstein is placed in prison; she has now physically isolated him. Frankenstein is shown as very secluded and distraught “I was overcome with gloom and misery”. Frankenstein’s closest friend had been killed so his isolation seems to be justified.
Shelley used his self-pity to reflect to evoke the feeling that he is alone without a friend; no one is there to help so he goes deeper into self pity “no one near me soothed me with the gentle voice of love; no dear hand supported me. ” Shelley portrays the monster as a misunderstood individual with caring at heart but wants retribution against Frankenstein. The monster mirrors the actions of a child that had been rejected at birth by its parents. The monster looks to the reader as being destined towards a life of isolation and depression. The monster describes himself as” a poor, helpless, miserable wretch”.
Shelley uses these comments by the monster to evoke the feeling of sympathy and make it known to the reader that at that point in the time the monster was feeling rejected and isolated making the monster low in self-esteem leading to the statements being made. The monster also enhances the portrayal of the isolation by admitting he is “desolate” to the reader making more straight-forward for the reader to identify with the monster and even Mary Shelley as all the characters are related to Shelley’s personal experiences during her childhood and adulthood.
At the end of chapter 10 when Frankenstein and his “monster” meet Shelley shows the monster as someone who was willing to make friends among humans. “I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity; but am I not alone, miserably alone? You, my creator abhor me; what hope can I gather from your fellow creatures, who owe me nothing? ” To the reader the monster is shown as an isolated individual who has unfairly been abandoned by its father/creator. Frankenstein is shown as his father who has left him to rot therefore enforcing the effect of isolation the reader feels about the monster.
The reader is then made to feel that Victor Frankenstein is to blame for the monster’s feelings of isolation. Shelley used this technique to prepare the reader for the monster’s narrative view and to start seeing things from the monster’s perspective. In conclusion Shelley has been found to use to several narrative and literal techniques to show the feeling of isolation through all the characters. Shelley very often during the story used the scenery to reflect the emotions of the narrators within the book. The isolation within this book was one of the primary themes contributing to its gothic theme.
Shelley uses things she experienced during her experience to create different situations in which isolation and sympathy were portrayed. Shelley (in the book) does not mention the word “isolation” however using very subtle techniques during the dialogue of the narrators and also scenery description she conveys the emotion fully to the reader about the characters within the story. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Mary Shelley section.