In what way does Victor's dream parallel the result of his experiment in "Frankenstein"?

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In Chapter 5 of the book, just after Victor has created the creature, he runs from it and falls into an exhausted sleep in his room.  He is plagued by wild dreams.  He says:

I thought I saw Elizabeth, in the bloom of health, walking in the streets of Ingolstadt.  Delighted and surprised, I embraced her; but as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death; her features appeared to change, and I thought that I held the corpse of my dead mother in my arms; a shroud enveloped her form, and I saw the graveworms crawling in the folds of the flannel.

This dream serves as a disturbing foreshadowing for the future events involving Elizabeth and all of the loved ones of Victor Frankenstein as the creature seeks revenge for being brought without consent into the world and then abruptly abandoned to fend for himself.

It also serves as a parallel for the major theme in the book and the purpose the creature seeks his horrible revenge:  parent/child relationships and issues of abandonment.  Victor creates the creature and abandons him just as Victor's mother abandons him in her death and Mary Shelley's mother abandoned her by dying in childbirth.  The creature, however, is still able to seek revenge since his "parent" is still living.