Victor fails the creature immediately upon its creation, and he continues to fail afterwards. Although created as a fully-grown adult, the creature is in essence an infant who must depend on a parent to nurture and teach it. However, Victor never takes on the role of parent, even though he is responsible for bringing this new life into the world. Instead, he rushes out of the room in horror at what he has done and fear at what he sees. His immediate response to the creature sets the tone for its interactions in life and for its views of itself and others. Seen as a hideous monster by his own father, he is doomed from the start of his life. Consequently, the creature seeks the comfort of others, only to be rejected time and again by society.
Victor consistently fails his creation, his child, not only by refusing to give him the love he crave,s but also by refusing to help him acclimate. Part of a father’s role is to teach a child to deal with and fit in with the world. The creature wishes to belong, yet he cannot, because he is visually frightening—because Victor made it that way. Although he’d had a plan when working on his creation, Victor had never thought ahead to what the end result would look like or its role in society. The creature cannot communicate with others (at first) because it has no education—because Victor ran away from his responsibility to teach him. He must learn on his own while hiding away from others, aware of the great fear and disgust that he causes. The creature needs companionship, but he cannot have a parent, a friend, or a mate because Victor refuses to be part of his life or to fashion a mate. The last insult for the creature is the denial of any type of happiness, since he will never have someone to share his life. Perhaps if Victor had gone through with his promise, the creature might have been satisfied.
Victor’s great fear results not only from seeing how horrifying the creature looks, but also from a much larger epiphany: he has attempted to play God in a most unnatural way. He has created this monster out of his own need to be recognized by the world, but his fear prevents him from taking any responsibility for the monster's growth. Ultimately, he does feel responsible to destroy that which he has created, but at great expense to others. Because Victor fails the creature, his loved ones suffer the consequences.