This stark dichotomy revolves around the concept of friendship and how characters treat their friends.
Her message condemns gender roles within Romantic society and ultimately provides a paradigm for the malign consequences of isolation.
The characters of Walton and Frankenstein are almost entirely alike.
Frankenstein’s message to Clerval, “do not interfere with my motions, I entreat you: leave me to peace and solitude,” and his retreat to the remote Orkney Islands represents the final act in his self-extrication from society.
This act of isolation precipitates the creation’s murder of Clerval, Frankenstein’s closest friend, and drives him to lament, “on the whole earth there is no comfort which I am capable of receiving” (183).
At this point, Frankenstein irrevocably loses the ability to seek consolation in human society, as demonstrated by his secrecy toward Elizabeth before her murder on their wedding night.
In rejecting Walton’s hand in friendship, Frankenstein reaffirms this fateful inability for social connection: “you speak of new ties, and fresh affections… In these final words, Frankenstein hints that in blindly pursuing his enterprise, he sacrificed his position in society forever.
Throughout the novel, Victor Frankenstein increasingly rejects his friendships and isolates himself.
The first stage in this process occurs after months of intellectual stimulation at college in Ingolstadt. which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time” (55 , 56).
I removed him to my own cabin and attended on him as much as my duty would permit.
I never saw a more interesting creature…I would not allow him to be tormented by [the shipmates’] idle curiosity, in a state of body and mind whose restoration evidently depended upon entire repose.