In chapters 5-9 how is the Monster percived as odious (please include Quotations)

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In Chapter 5, when the creature is given life, we see how repelled by his creation Victor Frankenstein is. Shelley makes use of pathetic fallacy for the creature’s awakening –

It was already one in the morning; the rain pattered dismally against the panes, and my candle was nearly burnt out, when, by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open; it breathed hard, and a convulsive motion agitated its limbs.

Frankenstein had hoped to create a creature of beauty, but is horrified by the physical appearance of his creation –

His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful! -- Great God! His yellow skin …watery eyes…, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.

As the creature moves and gestures to its creator, Frankenstein is even more appalled by it-

Oh! no mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived.

Frankenstein is now struck but the magnitude of his experiment: an experiment to play God. He is revolted by his own creation.

As the creature makes its way it the world it learns the fierce pain of rejection and the great longing for company. Unfortunately, as it is judged on its appearance, it is unable to find happiness and turns to its creator, first for help, then for revenge.

mkcapen1 | Student

Odious means deserving of hatred according to Webster's Dictionary.

The creature that Frankenstein has created becomes more intelligent and cultured through-out chapters 5 thorough 7.  He observes a blind man and his family and wants desperately to be saved form his isolation.  He is aware of his appearance and the repulsion that men feel when they look upon him.  He is frightened that he will always be alone.  He reads books and knows that there is more.

In desperation, the creation appeals to the blind-man for him and his family to accept him and save him from isolation.  The man's family comes in and is horrified.  The creature runs and is once again alienated from the world.

The creature's realization that he is doomed to a life of loneliness turns to anger and rage and the desire to seek revenge.

""My feelings were those of rage and revenge."(123)

"I was like a wild beast that had broken the toils, destroying the objects that obstructed me,"(123)

"The creature’s desire has turned towards hatred to mankind who has rejected him.  He no longer desires to be that of man but rather to destroy those who reject him.

"No: from that moment I declared everlasting war against the species, and, more than all, against him who had formed me, and sent me forth to this insupportable misery."(123)

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