The Creature’s Loneliness

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By: Jamie-Lee Valcourt 

This illustration shows the emotions of a heartbroken creature.

In chapter XX, the creature sees all hope to be loved disappear when Victor breaks his promise to create him a wife. For the first time, the creature puts his deepest emotions on the table and cries to Victor: “Shall each man find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone?” (Shelley 122). In this passage, the creature criticizes his creator for making him ugly and therefore lonely. He only wanted to be loved… 

– Jamie 

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25 thoughts on “The Creature’s Loneliness

  1. Thomas Simpson says:

    The only thing more beautiful than the picture is the creature’s long, flowing, beautiful head of hair he possess. Tell you what, if he had hair like that in the original novel, I bet he would have no problem finding a mate. He would be like the modern day Ryan Reynolds… Except, well you know… He’d be made out of multiple dead people and maybe smell bad too…

    However, as the saying goes: “Carpe Diem!” Maybe he should hit up a local tavern or something.

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    • Jamie-Lee Valcourt says:

      It is a constructive criticism but I have to disagree with you on the fact that his hair is too beautiful for the original novel…

      In Chapter V, Mary Shelley describes the creature as follows:

      “His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes”

      I’m aware that the most common illustration of the creature is with short black hair, but when I read this passage from Chapter V, I can only imagine the creature with long lustrous “flowing” black hair.

      On the other hand, I agree with you that I could have made him more monstrous using colors to show the “horrid contrast with his watery eyes” that Mary Shelley explains in her novel.

      Thanks for your comment Thomas! It was constructive and it made me laugh 🙂

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  2. camille gaudreau says:

    This is the first time I see someone explaining the feelings of a character by an illustration in a blog and it is very impressive! Adding to the fact that you it yourself, wow! Your drawing is very beautiful and it speaks for itself!

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  3. Christophe Caron says:

    That drawing is dope! Absolutely mesmerizing! It is a very original way of illustrating the creature’s feelings and analyzing the story. Good work!

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    • jamieleevalcourt says:

      Indeed, I never believed in this image of the “green” monster of our childhood. Mary Shelley’s description inspired me and it end up like that haha.

      Thanks Felix !

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    • jamieleevalcourt says:

      I’m glad it makes you want to read Frankenstein!
      It is the whole purpose of this blog project 🙂

      Thanks Jacob!

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  4. Olivier Villeneuve says:

    Your drawing offers us the other side of the monster that the casual fans are fully used to. We are used to picture the creature as an evil monster that only causes chaos. Your drawing perfectly demonstrates the emotional side of the creation and you have done an amazing job! It is a very captivating and beautiful drawing of yours. Great job!

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  5. Melanie says:

    You are very talented. Your drawing really shows emotion and a deep understanding of the creature’s feelings. We feel even more pity by looking at this than by reading the book. I wish I had your talent!!! This drawing is amazing.

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  6. tarabmonaghan says:

    Amazing work! I don’t think that you could have done a better job at portraying the creature’s loneliness and sadness. Moreover, I really like the fact that you did your drawing in black and white making it even more lonely and dark. I also believe that you chose a very powerful and meaningful sentence to go with your amazing illustration. Keep up the good work.

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