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Life, Consciousness, and Existence

Summary: As Victor Frankenstein gives life to the monster, he becomes the creator. The relationship between Victor and the monster parallels the relationship between the mankind and God. However, Victor abandons his creation right after he comes to life. The monster wanders around the wilderness, unable to make sense of his own existence; he is unable to find his place in the world and his link to humanity. The monster blames Victor for his misery, claiming that Victor didn’t fulfill his duty as a creator. However, the monster did have free will to make his choices, and he was conscious that he was committing crimes. This shows Victor’s innocence because he didn’t know what his creation will develop to be.

Examples
1. Chapter 7
Victor regrets that he created the monster when two innocent lives (William and Justine) are gone by the monster. 2. Chapter 9
Monster: “I had begun life with benevolent intentions, and thirsted for the moment when I should put them in practice, and make myself useful to my fellow beings.” 3. Chapter 15
Monster: “I was dependent on none and related to none. The path of my departure was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation. My person was hideous and my stature gigantic. What did this mean? Who was I? What was I? Whence did I come? What was my destination? These questions continually recurred, but I was unable to solve them.” 4. Chapter 15

The monster dreams of the companionship and love of his creator, but also feels deep bitterness because he has been abandoned by his own God. 5. Chapter 16
Monster: "Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live? Why, in that instant, did I not extinguish the spark of existence which you had so wantonly bestowed? I know not; despair had not yet taken possession of me; my feelings were those of rage and revenge. I could with pleasure have destroyed the cottage and its inhabitants and have glutted myself with their shrieks and misery...
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