When Victor describes the monster in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, what terrifies him most?  

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, there is a great deal of vivid imagery that helps share Victor's sense of horror when looking at the creature he has brought to life.

...by the glimmer of the half-extinguished light, I saw the dull yellow eye of the creature open...

Victor then describes how it takes its first breath. In an instant—a moment of epiphany—the pains Victor Frankenstein had taken to construct a creature of beauty are illuminated before him to see, instead, the truth of what he has done: he has made a horrifying mistake, a crime against God and nature—a monstrous looking being.

I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!—Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast to his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun-white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion...

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