Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein holds obvious relations to that of our own society today as characters within the novel encompass a seemingly subtle, yet prominent desire to belong. In order to fulfill such a desire it seems to be a human instinct to grasp at the inklings of the world around us that could possibly, even attempt to explain our internal thoughts. The creature does exactly this as he looks upon Safie’s letters, trusting them to be “the truth of my tale”. The creature, in resemblance to a young child, is still learning the workings of society therefore it makes sense that the only way in which he thinks to tell his story in its truest, most authentic form, is in relation to a story he identifies with. In other words, identifying with a foreigner such as Safie seems to be almost logical as she, like him, is within the very cusps of discovery and curiosity. As explained on page 108, the creature learns language and literature through the teachings in which Felix bestows upon Safie, therefore, he learns with her and because he learns with her, he finds himself rather connected to the only other being he knows who is also searching for some sort of closeness to the physicality that surrounds them.

Anzaldua’s concept of borderland is one that is obvious within the intricates of the novel as she describes borderland to be of barriers both physical and mental, or in other words, invisible. These barriers exist within Frankenstein, clearly centered around the creature and unapparently around Safie as well. For Safie, the border is rather physical as she moves from one country to another, a subtle emotional barrier existing in the form of language. For the creature, however, the concept of borderland is internal. He struggles to communicate with the cottagers and with Victor because he remains unaware of how to handle emotions and it certainly doesn’t help that he carries so many.

The creature, finds himself within the letters of Safie, connecting to her story. He encounters barriers and borders among the residents of his own mind as well as the residents of the outside world and because of this, he turns toward the letters, towards the story of Safie in an attempt to not only communicate with his maker but to find reassurance that there is a piece of this world in which he could possibly belong to.

-Kaylin Insyarath