In Frankenstein, what qualities then does the newly-created monster have that his creator lacks?

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It is in Chapter Five that Victor finally succeeds in giving life to his cadaver and discovering the secret of generating life through electricity. However, as he reaches the moment of his scientific breakthrough, he finds that his success does not bring him the happiness and satisfaction that he sought. Note the following quote and the features of his creation:

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! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath; his hair was of a lustrous black, and flowing; his teeth of a pearly whiteness; but these luxuriances only formed a more horrid contrast with his watery eyes, that seemed almost of the same colour as the dun white sockets in which they were set, his shrivelled complexion and straight black lips.

In terms of qualities, we can see that the creature has been made to possess a far greater strength than his creator, which is something that he comments on himself later in the novel. At the same time however, he has an appearance that is all the more appalling because of its attractive nature, as the references to the "watery eyes" explains. In addition, through the description of this newly-created being imploringly stretching out his hand to his creator, we can see that he possesses an innocence that his master definitely lacks. The creature is a new being in a new world, and therefore knows nothing of evil or sin. It is Victor's abandonment of his creation and his responsibility that drives the creature on the path of violence and sin.

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