In Frankenstein, how does Victor Frankenstein convey his feelings towards the creature he has created? (beginning of chapter of 5)

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In chapter 5 of Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein comes face to face with his creation for the first time after two years of obsessing over the process of "giving life into an inanimate object."

Arguably, the manner in which Victor conveys his emotions is through the expiation of his innermost thoughts without leaving any room for doubt as to what he really feels about the creature. The emotions to which Victor confesses touch on every characteristic of the creature, from the aesthetic, to the psychological. 

In analyzing Victor's reaction, it is unavoidable to correlate his relationship with the monster to the relationship of a father and his child. This is the reason why the expectations of joy that the reader may have already assumed would take place between the creature and its creator will come to a halting contrast when Victor expresses with disdain, anger, and disgust, what the creature means to him.

He begins by stating in complete sincerity how the looks of the creature are primary reason why he feels disgusted. In Victor's own words:

How can I describe my emotions at this catastrophe, or how delineate the wretch whom with such infinite pains and care I had endeavoured to form? His limbs were in proportion, and I had selected his features as beautiful. Beautiful!—Great God......the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart. Unable to endure the aspect of the being I had created, I rushed out of the room.

This is the first indicator that Victor's vanity and blind ambition know no limits. He has fooled himself into thinking that the abomination of his actions would result in something beautiful.  

As a result of this vain and egocentric mentality, the most obvious secondary reaction occurs: Victor feels sorry...for himself! Victor abandons (runs away, rather) the creature and tries to pretend that it never existed. At this point, however, Victor has not bothered asking himself whether the creature has wants, needs, or feelings. He is so egotistical that he focuses his attention in that his "project" did not come out the way he had expected.

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.

At this point, the creature is able to find Victor only to have Victor scream and run away from it again, hiding in the courtyard near the house. As the creature obviously yearns to connect with his maker the way a child would do, his creator continues to focus on nothing but his own hurt ego.

Conclusively, Victor does not make contact with the creature, nor does he attempt to establish any form of communication. He simply despises it, rejects it, and tries to make it "go away" by not thinking about him. Yet, at all times, he is adamant to express how disgusted and frustrated he feels about the appearance of his creation. Again, nothing else matters to Victor; not even the fact that he has, indeed, played God and has, in fact, infused life onto a being. This shows Victor's shallow nature and inability to put his common sense to good use. 

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