In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, what do Victor and the monster talk about?

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, when Victor and the monster meet face to face, they speak of several things.

Victor curses the creature and wishes him dead. His sole intent is to do whatever he can to destroy that which he has created. The monster responds that Victor is responsible in creating him in the first place. The creature states that even though his life is miserable, he still loves it and will defend himself against Victor's attack.

Life, although it may only be the accumulation of anguish, is dear to me and I will defend it.

The creature notes that Frankenstein has a responsibility to him. Victor has rejected him, as do all other members of society. He lives a lonely existence where only nature does not judge him. He accuses Victor of hypocrisy: Victor calls the creature a murderer, yet wants to kill the very thing he brought life to—the monster sees no justices in this.

Victor once again curses the creature, and himself for giving the creature life. He tell the monster to leave him, but the creature implores Victor to at least listen to the tale he has to tell. As he thinks about it, Victor is moved:

I was partly urged by curiosity, and compassion confirmed my resolution...For the first time, also, I felt what the duties of a creator towards his creature were, and that I ought to render him happy before I complained of his wickedness. These motives urged me to comply with his demand.

And so it is that Victor follows the monster so that he may hear the monster's tale.

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