In Frankenstein, how does the creature convince Victor to make him a mate?

In Frankenstein, the creature convinces Victor to make him a mate by appealing to his pity and his fear. He makes an eloquent case for his lonely state, rejected by all of humanity. He also warns that he will kill Victor's friends and family if his creator does not provide him with a companion.

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When Victor and the creature have their dramatic mountaintop meeting, the creature makes an eloquent case for a mate. He appeals to the emotions of pity and fear. He describes how, with a natural desire for love and companionship, he has met with nothing but hate and rejection. He points out that Victor, his creator and "parent," has shunned and fled from him instead of nurturing him. He explains that he has turned to violence only out of pain and anguish at his lonely situation. If he only had a mate, he tells Victor, he would have the normal companionship that every being craves and would no longer lash out in violence.

After appealing to Victor's pity, the creature also introduces the concept of terror: if Victor does not make him a mate, the creature will destroy his family. Victor knows that this is no idle threat.

Moved by the creature's story and wanting to safeguard his friends and family, Victor sets about creating a mate for his creature. However, he is overtaken by the fear that...

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