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What are the main themes in chapter 5 of the novel Frankenstein?

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One theme that emerges in this chapter is the importance of family and close friendships—and this will be a major theme of the novel. When Victor Frankenstein "escapes" from the creature he's made with his own hands, he is terrified and alone. However, as soon as he runs into Clerval, his feelings are immediately calmed:

Nothing could equal my delight on seeing Clerval; his presence brought back to my thoughts my father, Elizabeth, and all those scenes of home so dear to my recollection. I grasped his hand, and in a moment forgot my horror and misfortune; I felt suddenly, and for the first time during many months, calm and serene joy.

Friendship is comforting, and knowledge of his family's well-being gives him great peace. By contrast, he has left his creation utterly alone in its first utterances of speech and as it reached out for him. He denies his own creation the very relationships which bring him the greatest comforts.

Another theme that becomes evident in this chapter is the destructive...

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