When do we learn that the stranger's full name is Victor Frankenstein? Why do you think Shelley withholds this information for so long?

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We first learn Victor Frankenstein's full name at the beginning of Chapter 5, when he receives a letter addressed to him from Elizabeth Lavenza, his cousin and future (intended) wife.  

I think there are a number of possible reasons for this delay:

First, not knowing someone's name is very alienating. Our names feel integral to our identities and so refusing to call someone by their name is ultimately dehumanizing.  Perhaps Shelley is commenting on Victor's apparent lack of humanity by refusing to name him for so long. Such a move draws further attention to the way in which his "human nature...

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