In what ways does the monster leave Victor messages on his journey in Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein?

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As Victor continues his pursuit of the creature in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, sometimes he only survives the day of journeying, he reports, by looking forward to his sleep and dreams:

During the day I was sustained and inspirited by the hope of night: for in sleep I saw my friends, my wife, and my beloved country; again I saw the benevolent countenance of my father, heard the silver tones of my Elizabeth's voice, and beheld Clerval enjoying health and youth.

As Victor continues on his arduous path, he does not speak again to the monster, so he doesn't know what the creature is thinking as he forges his way ahead, but the fiend begins to leave taunting messages behind for Victor:

Sometimes...he left marks in writing on the barks of the trees, or cut in stone... 'My reign is not yet over' ...; 'you live, and my power is complete. Follow me; I seek the everlasting ices of the north, where you will feel the misery of cold and frost to which I am impassive [impervious]. You will find near this place, if you follow not too tardily, a dead hare; eat and be refreshed. Come on, my enemy; we have yet to wrestle for our lives but many hard and miserable hours must you endure until that period shall arrive.'

The message, probably as the creature intends, fuels Victor's hate and drives him on. Ironically, on one hand the creature leaves food for Victor, but on the other, he seems bent upon destroying Victor's soul. At another point in Victor's journey:

“Prepare! your toils only begin: wrap yourself in furs and provide food; for we shall soon enter upon a journey where your sufferings will satisfy my everlasting hatred.”

The creature provides Victor with advice so that he will survive the climate ahead. Victor's survival also guarantees the creature's satisfaction at seeing Victor struggle and suffer. It appears that the creature want nothing more than to taunt his creator.

These messages renew Victor's purpose to find and destroy the hated being that he foolishly created. While he is haunted by memories of the past in his dreams, he remains focused on the task at hand. He travels through all kinds of terrain until he finally reaches the northern climes. It is here that his path will finally intersect with Walton's, the ship's captain; it is with Walton that Victor has been telling this tale.

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