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In Frankenstein, why does Victor proceed with his plans to marry Elizabeth, despite the monster’s earlier threat to visit him on his wedding night?

In Frankenstein, Victor proceeds with his plans to marry Elizabeth despite the monster's threats for a few reasons. Victor denies his own responsibility in the creation of his "monster" by feeling as though he needs to make a stand against it and assuming the role of the victim. If the monster does indeed destroy him or Elizabeth, Victor also selfishly wants to indulge in what little happiness he can before his demise.

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There are many reasons Victor chooses to proceed with his marriage plans, but the strongest reason stems from his cowardice and denial.

Victor creates his creature, never stopping to think about the consequence of that choice, and this reality is illuminated when Victor immediately abandons his creation the moment he sees it become reanimated. From this moment on, Victor tries to deny his creation and ignore the problem because he is too afraid of his work. He feels he has created a monstrosity and has no idea how to fix his misstep.

We see these behaviors emerge again when Victor decides to move forward and marry Elizabeth, even though the creature has killed his family members and has threatened his life. It's as if Victor is still in denial, yet the fear of this reality coming true on his wedding night makes him a deer in headlights.

Even though he is afraid, he decides that if the creature appears, then he will confront it, forcing the monster to come to him and make the choice. This...

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