Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: What happens during Victor's pursuit of the Creature? Where do they go? What does the Creature do?

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In the final chapter of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor pursues his creation. Beginning immediately after Elizabeth's murder, the chapter begins with Victor contemplating his self-exile of Geneva "forever." Victor, liquidating all of his assets, quits his home and begins to wander about looking for his "fiendish enemy."  During his initial wanderings, Victor finds himself at the graves of William, Elizabeth, and his father, and he swears to find and destroy his creation. There he hears a "loud and fiendish laugh." 

For many months the creature led Victor, on the brink of death and starvation, through numerous countries (both populated and unpopulated). The creature left notes carved in trees and cut into stones which provoked Victor, insuring he would continue to follow the creature. Eventually Victor follows the creature into the ice fields of the north. It is here where Victor finds Walton and his crew (who tell him that they had seen his creature). In the end, Victor dies (after passing on his tale to Walton). The creature, truly saddened by his "father's death," mourns him openly and allows his own life to be taken by the waves and darkness. 

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During Victors pursuit of the Creature there is an interesting occurrence. The creature leaves food to Victor in order to torture him more. Symbolically, the creature provides Victor with nourishment that was withheld from him when Victor abandoned him upon his creation. Victors follows the creature to polar regions and loses track of him and then tired and weak Victor is rescued by a captain of the ship trapped in ice who befriends him and listens to his story. Eventually, Victors dies and the creature disappears heartbroken after appearing to the ship's captain one last time.

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