“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'
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.
T. Holst. Copper engraving. In Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein:
or, The Modern
Prometheus (Philadelphia: Carey, Lea & Blanchard, 1833):
frontispiece. Peel Special Collections Library, University of