What are some similarities between Victor Frankenstein and his monster in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, one of its major ironies is how the creature is often perceived as a monster, but how Victor rivals the creature for that label.

The creature is someone who is in great pain, most especially because he has been isolated and alienated by human beings. He feels very much alone. This is demonstrated as the creature describes his desperate attempt to connect with the De Lacey family:

I am an unfortunate and deserted creature; I look around, and I have no relation or friend upon earth. These amiable people to whom I go have never seen me, and know little of me. I am full of fears; for if I fail there, I am an outcast in the world for ever.

As the creature takes out his frustration and anger on Victor and his family, Victor also experiences alienation and isolation—family members are lost, and he has a secret that he cannot share: he is to blame for creating the monster; and who would believe him in the first place? Society might quickly lock him up, calling him...

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