In the book, Frankenstein, what are some of things that the monster tries to do?

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The monster tries very hard to reach out to humans in a friendly way over and over again.  He only seeks to gratify his immediate needs at first: to eat and drink and find shelter. And though he means them no harm, people run from him in fear: first an old shepherd, then a woman and children. The whole village came running when the children screamed, and "some attacked [him]" throwing stones and chasing him away.

When he finds a small hovel behind a hut in the woods, he watches and quickly learns to care for the poor family that lives there.  He learns a lot from the DeLaceys -- including how to speak and read -- and he tries to help them by gathering their firewood.  When he finally approaches the blind father, desperately hoping to make friends, the children see him and attack him just as he's been attacked before.  

After he has run away from this place, he sees a little girl fall into the stream in the woods and he actually saves her from drowning. Her father, misinterpreting his actions, shoots him with his gun. Then, upon reaching Geneva, he sees the young William Frankenstein and wants to "educate him as [his] companion and friend," but the boy hurls insults at him until the creature strangles him.

He tries to be helpful, to be good and loving, and when that fails, he tries to find someone who can at least tolerate him. To no avail.  Eventually he gives up on goodness and tries to make Victor feel as alone and miserable as he does.  

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