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How does Victor Frankenstein feel toward the monster he has created? 

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Victor Frankenstein has been fixated on creating human life from inanimate bodies parts and has worked himself into the ground to achieve this goal, isolating himself from other people. However, he has not sufficiently imagined or thought through what will face him on the other end and is not emotionally prepared for what he sees. When the creature comes to life, it is so hideous that Victor flees it in terror and revulsion.

Abandoned, the creature finds that he is rejected by humankind. When he finally encounters Victor in the Alps some two years later, the creature has taught himself to read and to speak. He communicates the anguish he has experienced at being abandoned and made a lonely outcast, and he demands that Victor build him a bride. Victor is moved by his words—and his threat to retaliate if he is not given a mate.

In the end, however, Victor is unable to fully empathize with the needs of his creature. He rips apart the bride, fearful of a race of such beings emerging if Victor...

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