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"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." Chapter 4, pg. 38

In the beginning of the book, when victor finds the essence of life. victor does not however want anyone to follow in his footsteps. he writes to his friend Waldon and says to learn from him. he does not want anyone to follow his poor example. He wants to be the trial run and knows that creating life will have consequences. victor takes responsibility before the creature is alive but when he is created it is a different story.

"For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart." Chapter 5, pg. 42

Victor has brought life into the creature. one his creation is animate, victor immediately realizes what he has done. Victor, being scared and horrified of his creation flees his laboratory. he does not try to contain the creature or raise it; instead he runs from it disowning the creature.

victors abandonment ch 10, pg 83

In chapter ten, the monster and victor meet face to face for the first time after the creatures creation. The creature greets victor by saying,

"'All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.'"

The creature is saying that he is a miserable wretch, that everyone fears and disgusts this creation. he didn't ask to come into this world, but victor brought him here. the creature is hated by all man and even his own creator. instead of taking responsibility for his creation he lets it roam the earth being miserable hated by all mankind. when the creature states to whom thou-one of us, he is saying that you are my creator and we are tied together. the creature just wants victor to take responsibility for his creation and fix the problem

"'If I have no ties and no affections, hatred and vice must be my portion....My vices are the children of a forced solitude that I abhor, and my virtues will necessarily arise when I live in communion with an equal.'" Chapter 17, pg. 132-3

the creature wishes victor to take responsibility for his creation. the creature vows to make victor's life as miserable as possible if he does not realize what he has done and create the creature a companion. the creature is saying he has good virtues, but he is alone and miserable, so it brings out his evil actions. if the creature does not have a companion to roam and stay away from the human population, then he will continue to commit murderous deeds.

I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.

In Walton's final letter to his sister he restates the words of the monster as he grieves over Victor's dead body. this sentence explains the creatures self pity and inner anger. it explains what has compelled the monster to commit these crimes of murder. in this quote the monster is now upset because he is officially alone. the only person he had a connection with is now gone, and the creature feels guilty. He is taking responsibility for all of his bad deeds.

"have my murderous machinations deprived you also , my dearest Henry of life. two have already been destroyed; other victims await".

Victor finds his friend Henry clerval has also now been a victim of the creature. victor has now created the monster, ran away from it, refused to take ownership, lost four family and friends because of it, and will not complete the creatures wishes. due to victor not completing the mate for the creature he has in return killed Victor's friend.

real life connection

in real life one cannot simply run away from their problems and hope for them to never return. someone can procrastinate or ignore something, but sooner or later it must be faced. if a teenager wrecks his parents car and decides to not tell the parents and hide it, then het problem is solved for the moment. later when the parents take matters to extremes such as police and such to find who has caused the damage to the car, it is too late. the problem has now come back and become and even worse. take ownership of problems or failures before they can become something much worse


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Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. London: n.p., 1817