At the end of chapter 10, what motivates Victor Frankenstein to listen to the creatures story?

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It is at this moment in the novel that Victor Frankenstein really starts to open his eyes to what he has done. The creature of his making confronts him and argues for Victor to hear his tale. Victor is disgusted with the creature, but agrees to listen because the creature argues so persuasively the Victor can not help but hear. The creature explains that he is Victor's creation and therefore what he is, is because of Victor's making. The monster describes himself as "miserable" and "wretched beyond expression" and states that it is all because of Victor. He tells Victor that he must listen to his tale and know why, understand his creation, then he can decide what to do. Victor states,  "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." He understands that he does owe something to his creation, much like a parent.

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