Does Victor Owe His Creature Anything

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Frankenstein Essay # 4

The creature wants a mate. Does Victor owe the creature anything?

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, a young man named Victor Frankenstein reanimates dead flesh. He finds out the creature he made is ugly and runs away from it, rejecting it. The creature is alone for several weeks and after this period, he finds Victor. The creature narrates his story to Victor about his weeks all alone. The creature talks about coming across human settlements where humans attack or run away from him, judging him by his exterior. He later finds out the reason why society rejects him. This is shown when he says, “But how was I terrified when I viewed myself in a transparent pool!” The creature later comes across a cottage where four people live and he watches them. He helps the cottagers do several things like gathering wood or clearing snow since they are in poverty and he feels compassion for them. He later enters the cottage when every person is gone on a hike except for a blind old man named De Lacey. The creature talks to him and he does not judge the creature based on his ugliness, since he is blind. The cottagers come back and seeing the creature, run away and attack the creature. The creature goes on and tells Victor about the event where he murdered William, Victor’s younger brother and framed the murder on Justine, a friend of the Frankenstein family. After finishing his narration, the creature demands a mate and threatens that if Victor does not agree to his demands, he will kill all of Victor’s family. Victor does not owe the creature a mate, but he does owe the creature a childhood filled with love and an education. First, Victor owes the creature a childhood filled with love. Victor does not give the creature a childhood after he made him and instead runs away from him. The creature is left to his own devices and has no one to raise him and nurture him. Victor appears as a fatherly figure to the creature since he created...
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