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What are the causes of Victor Frankenstein's guilt in Frankenstein?

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Interestingly enough, although the novel Frankenstein depicts the horror of existence for this abominable creature, Victor's guilt has nothing to do with the existential crisis through which he's put his monster and everything to do with the other humans he affects. Victor's first sign of guilt is upon hearing about the death of William and then the subsequent deaths of Justine, Henry, and Elizabeth at the hands of his creation.

It is an interesting choice, because it questions the nature of humanity and existence—what makes someone a person. Victor feels no guilt for the monster because he sees him as less than human, since he artificially created him. At the same time, he feels deep remorse for the other humans affected, because they have value in his eyes. In the end, however, the argument could be made that the monster was just as human in terms of emotion, existence, and thought as the others.

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Victor Frankenstein almost immediately experiences horror and remorse when he brings his...

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In Victor's creation and rejection of The Creature, The Creature turned to murdering all of Frankenstein's loved ones. The Creature strangled William (Victor's younger brother), Henry (Victor's best friend), Elizabeth (Victor's cousin/sister/lover), and set up Justine for the murder of William. Victor feels responsible for these horrific acts of The Creature. Therefore, Victor has an enormous amount of guilt.

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He created a monster! He killed his brother and put a woman in jail because he didn't want to confess that he created a monster. He didn't want people to think he was crazy!