Throughout the novel the theme of isolation has been developed from A to Z. Readers were able to observe what isolation can do to a person based on Shelley’s characters’ development. In fact, Victor’s most poised moments are recollected in isolation and isolation is what created the evil concept in the Monster to begin with.
I could write multiple posts on this recurrent theme in the novel, but I decided to focus on a parallel that I thought was interesting between Victor and the Creature while they are both subjected to the isolation of Walton’s ship.
Frankenstein is subjected to strong feelings as he recollects his journey in regards to the Monster’s creation on Walton’s boat. He can fully reflect on his action because he is subjected to tranquility on the boat. Frankenstein expresses, “even now I cannot recollect, without passion, my reveries while the work was incomplete. I trod heaven in my thoughts, now exulting in my powers, now burning with the idea of their effects” (Shelley 157). This passage shows Frankenstein feverish at the memory of his ardor while completing his work. Also, an important element to point out is that he refers to heaven and then to burning, which can be associated with the flames of hell. This means that he has come to term with the fact that his work was against nature and against God’s will, and therefore deemed somewhat hellish.
When Victor died, the Creature went on Walton’s boat to recollect his thoughts. Walton walked in on the Monster as he was talking to himself and to the corpse of his creator. The Creature was contemplating how much misery Victor pushed upon him instead of the love and affection he deserved. When confronted by Walton, who could not show empathy to all that he has done, the Creature exclaimed, “when I run over the frightful catalogue of my sins, I cannot believe that I am the same creature whose thoughts were once filled with sublime and transcendent visions of beauty and the majesty of goodness. But it is even so; the fallen angel becomes a malignant devil” (Shelley 165). This passage shows the impact the books the Creature has read made an impact on him. In fact, he compares his dreadful acts and the fall of his benevolence in character to the fall of the archangel Lucifer as depicted in Milton’s Paradise Lost. However, this passage shows something else that I deemed important to set forth: just like Victor, he considered himself somewhat worthy of heaven in the beginning, but with the perspective that isolation brought upon him, he came to term with the fact that he fell and a place closer to hell is awaiting for him.
I think that the isolation of Walton’s boat brought important realization to both characters. Each one of them, compared their journey with a connoted vocabulary of religion and the notions of heaven/hell. This clearly shows how they feel towards their respective deeds, and how similar these two individual, who we depicted as opposite for most of the novel, can be. They might not have taken the same paths in their lives, but the outcome remains similar: they both were subjected to a fall in the end.