What does Victor Frankenstein’s relationship with Elizabeth tell you about his values and personality in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?  

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Victor has idealized memories of Elizabeth and feels he was tragically ripped from his beloved bride through the evil of the creature. However, in reality, Victor seems to regard Elizabeth more as a beloved pet who depends on him than a real human being with whom he might have had a companionate relationship as an equal partner.

Elizabeth's status as an object for Victor's pleasure is established from the start: an orphan girl, she is his mother's "promised gift" to him. He sees her entirely as a possession:

[I] looked upon Elizabeth as mine—mine to protect, love, and cherish. All praises bestowed on her I received as made to a possession of my own.

Victor continues to consider Elizabeth his possession as time goes on. One of his most astonishing and irresponsible acts is to marry her when the creature has threatened to kill her if Victor does so. Victor has little regard for Elizabeth's feelings or safety and is not willing to confide in her the danger she is in until after the marriage,...

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