As the novel Frankenstein progresses, the creature becomes the narrator and tells Victor about his development over the last two years.  At first Victor is moved by the story but hatred returns to him when he is reminded that the creature killed his brother, William.  The creature makes a deal with Victor asking him to make him a mate that is as wretched as he is and in exchange, the creature will disappear from civilization for the rest of his life.  Initially, Victor reluctantly submits to the request and goes to England to complete this task.  Victor nears giving life to the creature’s mate but destroys his work when he realizes that he would simply be making another monster to do terrible things like the creature has already done.  This was a fatal blow to the creature, who tried to reason with Victor, but now vowed to get revenge and make Victor as miserable as he.  The creature told victor that he will be with him on his wedding night.  After killing Victor’s beloved friend Clerval, the creature fulfills his promise and kills Victor’s newlywed wife, Elizabeth, the night of their marriage.

One passage that especially caught my attention was the discourse between Victor and the creature on top of the mountain.  The creature had just told his story to Victor and then tried to convince him to make a companion for him.  It was interesting to me how Victor’s emotions and thought process shifted back and forth dramatically as he contemplated the creature’s wish.  Initially, Victor said, “I do refuse it, and no torture shall ever extort a consent from me”.  Then later on after the creature plead his case Victor’s attitude shifted and he said, “I felt that there was some justice in his argument”.  Victor even went as far as to say, “His words had a strange effect upon me, I compassioned him and sometimes felt a wish to console him”.  Victor seems to not have a good grasp on his own reasoning.  Throughout the book it seems that Victor consistently acts very emotionally.  He allows his actions to be controlled by his impulsive emotions that seem to change without any warning.  After Victor agreed to give life to a mate for the creature he once again changed his mind and destroyed the new creature that he was close to finishing.  I think that Victor’s problems throughout the book are magnified because of Victor’s own irrational decision making.  If he had not viewed his creature as a monstrosity, William would not have died.  If he had fulfilled his own part of his promise to the creature, Clerval and Elizabeth would not have been killed either. 

Another aspect of Victor’s conversation with the creature was the father son relationship that was displayed.  Even though the creature is miserable and lonely he respects Victor as the creator who gave him life.  On the other hand, Victor acts as an authority figure over the creature even though the creature is stronger physically.  Victor sees his own capability to either give or withhold happiness from the creature.  There seems to be a connection between the two that is similar to a parent and their child.  Even though the creature rebels against Victor, the creature is still aware of Victor’s power over him and Victor sees the creature’s ability to hurt himself as well.  This raises the question of who is at fault in hurting the other.  I wonder if Victor had been a better father figure toward the creature, Victor’s life would not have been so filled with sorrow and misery.

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