Love and Humanity: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
“Thy clothes, thy pearls, and jewels, and thy golden crown, I do not like; but if thou wilt love me, and let me be thy companion and playfellow…I will go down and fetch up thy golden ball.”
(The Frog to the Princess, “The Frog Prince,” Grimms’ Fairy Tales)
Despite his nature and appearance, Shelley’s Frankenstein seeks companionship and love. The catalyst for his transformation into a monster is the denial of his request for a mate. He is created to be as human as possible, and indeed, he possesses the innocence, emotions, and need for love of a child. When denied love, Frankenstein’s monster is denied his humanity.
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