Does the monster in Frankenstein find love?

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In short, no. In fact, he really doesn't find acceptance or companionship at all, let alone love. Instead, the creature reflects the motif of isolation & alienation prevalent in the novel. He is created in isolation, & his "father" abandons him at the moment of birth. He is forced to roam the countryside, looking for some place where he can belong. All of his interactions with human society end in pain and deeper loneliness. His murderous actions may have turned him into a demon, but only after he was repeatedly abused and rejected by humans. Even after being abandoned by Victor and assaulted by Felix, the creature finds it in his heart to help a human when he saves the drowning girl. But once again, his reward is abuse when the girl’s father tries to kill him. Young William’s rejection is the final blow. When the boy reveals that his name is Frankenstein, the creature loses control. He performs a horrible act by murdering a child. Yet this evil is a product of society’s cold rejection of the creature.

So, in despair, he turns to his creator once more to  ease his pain by creating a companion for him. Victor at first refuses, but the creature's eloquent pleas convince him to fulfill his request. Victor goes through with his promise, but once the female creature is created, he panics, & in horror at what he has done, he destroys her, leaving the creature alone once more. It is this action which drives the creature to vow revenge on Victor, and chase him to Arctic. In the end, both die alone, but Victor has at least shared his burden with another. The creature remains alone, unable to share with any other living being.

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