“Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime.”
The isolation being portrayed by Victor is now moving from not only psychological but physical as well. Countless hours that Victor has spent creating this monster has caused him to become ill, malnourished, and deprived of sleep. Obsessiveness has driven Victor into this state of mind which then pulls him away from any, and all, outside communication. This trait of Victors adds an imperfection to his character, something Foster would describe as symbolic. A flaw in Victors character is bringing him to destruction and will eventually create something that he views as a monster.
“And what was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man.”
Throughout the descriptions of the travels involving the creature, the creature begins to accumulate this new sense of self. Although destructive to his confidence, the creature becomes aware that he is a monster with nothing to his name, turing him into an outcast not welcomed in any society. The creature become isolated by his own fate, he blames Victor, his creator, for this doomed outcome. Realizing his situation, the creature becomes obsessed with changing reality and fitting in. This leads to a false confidence and will eventually lead to the creatures rage.
“Increase of knowledge only discovered to me more clearly what a wretched outcast I was. I cherished hope, it is true, but it vanished when I beheld my person reflected in water or my shadow in the moonshine, even as that frail image and that inconstant shade.”
As the creature is becoming educated by the villagers, through his hovel, he is also becoming aware of the situation and the depression he is experiencing. Seeing himself in the reflection of the water adds recognition to the creatures isolation. He knows what he looks like, so he knows why people are reacting so severely to his presence. Although this leads to anger and a need for revenge, the always evolving sense of self adds reliability to this novel and a feeling of compassion towards the creatures isolation from humanity.
” I continued for the remainder of the day in my hovel in a state of utter and stupid despair. My protectors had departed and had broken the only link that held me to the world.”
After the dejection of his friends, the monster returns to the village to further his efforts of companionship. Hearing about the family fleeing the village because of his presence leads to isolation building into anger. The creature, now isolated completely with no help with entering the real world now only has time to think about his situation. Now, without his teachers and protectors, the creature is alone and angry, blaming Victor and wishing for only revenge against his creator. Anger then leads the creature to pursue his creator on a long, and lonely, adventure to Geneva.
“Melancholy followed, but by degrees I gained a clear conception of my miseries and situation and was then released from my prison. For they had called me mad, and during many months, as I understood, a solitary cell had been my habituation.”
When Victor decides to make the tough decision of telling the Magistrate about the creature and what he was responsible for he was locked away for being delirious. Society had doomed Victor as crazy. Could nothing this insane ever be true? What were societies obligations to Victor, a victim of his own madness? The isolation he feels when locked alone is good for his mind though, this time gave him a free space to think about what he had been through even though he never seemed to fully be conscious of his situation.
“Shall each man,” cried he, “find a wife for his bosom, and each beast have his mate, and I be alone? I had feeling of affection and they were requited by detestation and scorn.”
The creature considered himself very deserving of a mate. After Victor destroys his new creation the creature is sent into a fit of rage and revenge. According to his knowledge, the creature is the only being on earth that is no fit for a mate, the only thing he truly desires. This is isolation that society has deemed. Victor is so afraid of something different how could he possible create something similar to it? It just can not be done.
“From the side where I now stood Montanvert was exactly opposite, at the distance of a league; and above it rose Mont Blanc, in awful majesty. I remained in a recess of the rock, gazing on this wonderful and stupendous scene.”
“The passion caused by the great and sublime in nature…is astonishment; and astonishment is that state of the soul, in which all its motions are suspended with some degree of horror”
Victor narrates the scene by mentioning two mountains rather than one thus creating an overwhelming experience. It also shows in contrast to how small man is compared to nature. Victor also remains in the “RECESS” of the rock almost symbolising the protective “womb” the mountains provide. To capture the sublime moment, Shelley uses words like “AWFUL” as in terms of awe-inspiring and “MAJESTY” to reflect a divine presence. Sublime landscapes such as the noble Montanvert remind the reader of the characters’ insignificance compared to the lofty power of nature which links to the idea of estrangement as Victor is isolated from society on such magnificent, foreign territory
“God in pity, made men beautiful and alluring, after his own image; but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance. Satan had his, fellow-devils, to admire and encourage him; but I am solitary and abhorred.”
Even the monster is cognisant of his gruesome appearance and that no-one will accept him as while reading Paradise Lost the monsters discusses how even though Satan is ostracized he still has friends and companions while the monster himself is all on his own, emphasising his isolation.
“…from being the seat of beauty and strength, had become food for the worm. Now I was led to examine the cause and progress of this decay, and forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses.”