An idea that can connect Hamlet and Frankenstein is the homosocial relationship between the main character and his best friend. Victor and Hamlet have plenty complications, Henry and Horatio help them go back to reality, they are the strongest relationship for each main character, they are foil characters in the novel and they are presented as opposites attracting to each other.
In Frankenstein, Victor wants to prove people that he can use the science he learned and that leads to creating the monster; after so many months of being isolated, seeing Henry brings him back to reality and remembers his family. Victor also gets sick and Henry takes care of him. In Hamlet, Horatio is the one that tells Hamlet about the ghost, which leads him to become “crazy” and he can only act normal around Horatio. The main characters can only be themselves when they are around their best friend; and they trust each other with their lives.
Their best friend is the strongest relationship they have: Victor describes Henry as “perfectly humane, so thoughtful in his generosity, so full of kindness and tenderness” (Ch. 2). Henry has been around Victor’s life since he was a child so he is akin to a brother, the deaths of his other relatives affected him greatly but Henry’s death is the one that brings him closer to insanity, in the room when he saw Henry dead, he “gasped for breath, throwing myself on the body,” and then he was “carried out of the room in strong convulsions” (Ch. 19), Victor’s reactions show how much pain it caused and later on he falls ill, he takes a long time to recover, which also shows how affected he is since Henry is not there to take care of him like always. Hamlet has other relationships with his relatives but his feeling for Horatio, as well as Victor’s for Henry, are stronger than the feelings for any other person. Hamlet has Ophelia for romantic love and the Queen Gertrude for parental love, these feelings come into question and change during the whole novel, he treats them both with disrespect; in Act 3 Scene 2 during the play, Hamlet makes inappropriate comments to Ophelia which makes her uncomfortable, and to his mother even when he is dying, in Act 5 Scene 2, he calls her “wretched queen”, but the love for Horatio stays the same during the play, he trusts him with his plans and orders him to live so he can clear everything and tell the story.
Henry and Horatio don’t struggle to make time for their friend. Henry insists to go with Victor through various journeys, takes care of him while he is ill and also brings him back to...