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Why does the monster call Victor a "slave" in chapter 20 of Frankenstein?

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The creature calls Victor his "slave" after Victor tears to pieces the bride he had created to be the creature's companion.

This anguishes and enrages the creature, who is heartsick at the thought of the loneliness ahead of him—he is a being despised and feared by all of humankind, including his creator.

The creature then tells Victor that he will make him his slave. He is at this point threatening Victor, trying to use fear to compel him to recreate the companion he has just destroyed. The creature says,

I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; obey! [my order to make a companion]

Victor is unmoved by these threats. In fact, they harden his resolve not to create another monster.

Part of this may be because Victor already feels enslaved by the burden of having built the creature. The creature himself earlier understands that he has the potential power to avoid becoming an abject slave to a master who hates him. He...

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The creature called Frankenstein a slave since the creature believed that he holds power over him. In a chapter before 20, the creature threatened to kill Victor's loved ones if Victor refuses to fulfil his wish of making him a female companion. As a result, Victor went against his own will and began creating another creature in order to keep his loved ones unharmed, and thus the creature believed Frankenstein is his slave.