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What reason does the monster give for killing William and framing Justine in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?  

In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the monster explains that he killed William after the boy's rejection of him and frames Justine because he seeks to inflict destruction on a world which only brings him suffering.

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The monster explains how this happened in chapter 16 as he reflects upon how those events transpired. Initially, he did not seek to harm the young William, whom he describes as a "beautiful child" who disturbed the creature's rest as he sought respite from mankind in those early days. As he watched William, he believed that he was too young to have been prejudiced by the world and that he could thus train William's young mind to accept the deformities of the monster, thus building a natural friendship with the boy. Instead, when confronted, William screamed in horror and called him a "monster" and threatened to tell his father, Mr. Frankenstein.

This name incited an inner rage within the creature, and he acted swiftly, grabbing young William around the neck and killing him quickly. Instead of looking upon this murder with regret, which might suggest a being capable of developing a moral compass, his heart swells in "hellish triumph," thrilled that he, too, can create desolation.

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