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One of the most dominant leitmotifs of Frankenstein is that of loneliness From his first breath the creature feels abandoned and isolated The story is riddled with examples of orphans from Justine to Elizabeth to Caroline all of whom have experienced the extreme pain of aloneness The monster seems to embody loneliness itself and by the storys conclusion both he and Victor live with only the company of their hatred for each other Shelley skillfully continues and showcases the theme of loneliness by setting the conclusion of her novel in the Arctic a desolate hostile and mercilessly isolated environment Death and loneliness are not unknown to the Frankenstein family Carolines father died in her arms leaving her an orphan and a beggar 18 This vicious blow encourages her later in life to adopt children in similar situations such as Elizabeth and Justine Although a family had taken in Elizabeth they suffered from abject poverty and she was like Caroline an orphan and a beggar 20 Eventually her striking blond hair brings about her adoption into the Frankenstein family When Justines father dies she lives with her mother who treated her very ill 49 A parent who does not love her child is no parent at all and thus Justine too is a sort of orphan These examples of parentless children evoke sympathy and compassion from readers their abandonment represents the worst kind of loneliness This sense is embodied in the bitter unforgiving Arctic No matter where one looks all he sees is barren ice-covered tundra In much the same way no matter where an orphan looks no one appears to support him or her The instant he infuses a spark of being into the lifeless thing 42 that will become the monster Frankenstein sees he has committed a grave mistake He refers to his creations as a catastrophe 42 and a wretch 42 and flees the lab soon after the creature breathes its first breath
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