How does the concept of revenge play a part in Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein"? 

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Susan Woodward eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When Victor's creature is brought to life, Victor is horrified by what he has done and abandons it immediately.  The creature reaches out to Victor as its creator and "father", but it is rejected.  The creature becomes first hurt and then angry at his treatment.  As others also reject and treat him badly because of his hideous looks, the creature begins to formulate a plan of revenge against his creator, the mastermind behind his torment.  After spying on a cottage family and learning to read from eavesdropping, the creature discovers that Victor's diary is in the pocket of the coat he taken when leaving the laboratory.  He reads the diary and learns where Victor lives and that he has a family.  In order to extract revenge against the man responsible for the creature's loneliness and misery, he begins to kill off people close to Victor's heart, starting with his little brother.  The creature vows to stop the revenge killing if Victor will make him a mate to alleviate his loneliness in the world.  Once Victor renigs on his promise, the creature is further enraged and kills Victor's wife Elizabeth on their wedding night.  Victor, in his own desire for revenge, chases the creature as far as the Arctic Circle before dying from exposure and stress.  Oddly enough, the creature mourns the passing of Victor because the doctor had been his creator.  He then longs to die and leave the world that had been so cruel to him.