Judge a character's actions.(Explain the situation and tell whether or not if you would have reacted the same way)

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Victor Frankenstein has to make a decision in chapter 17. The monster has asked him to create a female companion. At first, Frankenstein refuses, but when the monster continues to demand, Frankenstein actually feels some compassion and relents:

"I consent to your demand, on your solemn oath to quit Europe for ever, and every other place in the neighbourhood of man, as soon as I shall deliver into your hands a female who will accompany you in your exile."

Frankenstein begins working on the female companion, but it is something he just can’t stomach. He is too horrified with the original monster he created, and cannot keep his mind focused on the positives of giving the monster a companion to satisfy him and possibly prevent any further violence. In chapter 19 he describes the process thus:

It was, indeed, a filthy process in which I was engaged.

Finally, in chapter 20, he can go on no more. He can no longer rationalize to himself the benefits of creating another monster. In fact, he sees a further evil that could result:

Even if they were to leave Europe, and inhabit the deserts of the new world, yet one of the first results of those sympathies for which the daemon thirsted would be children, and a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.

So Frankenstein destroys the companion he was creating. The monster sees this happen and is enraged. He vows to see Frankenstein on his wedding night, presumably to get revenge.

The question you have to ask yourself, to fulfill this assignment, is whether or not you would have created the companion for the monster. Perhaps it would have meant that the monster would leave and never bother anyone else. Or, perhaps it would mean that they would have children and create a new race of monsters, from which humanity might not be safe.

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