As we progress through Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, I think it will be interesting to consider how the titular characters experience isolation. Robinson Crusoe’s isolation is brought on by geographic factors, trapped as he is on the island. While Frankenstein is free to travel where he pleases, yet he still experiences crippling isolation because he is unable to share his experiences with others. How are the characters’ confinements similar? Different? What elements might a comparative study of the texts highlight?

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