Why does Victor refuse to build Frankenstein a wife?  

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In the book, Frankenstein, Victor considered making a fellow creature so that the creature might not be alone. After hearing the creature’s speech about being companionless, Victor considers creating a fellow being for the creature. However, Victor soon rejects this idea after examining the possible repercussions. 

First, Victor is afraid that the new female creature might reject the original creature or his ideas. While Victor is thinking, he becomes afraid that the new creation might despise the old creature or might reject the contract that the old creature proposed (of them moving into the wilderness and living alone). If this rejection occurred, Victor feared the consequences might cause disastrous results for his creation, especially since he experienced so much rejection and solitude in his life already.

Subsequently, Victor also feared what might result after creating the new female. While considering the notion, Victor realized that even if the new female decided to go into the wilderness and accept the male creature, there could still be severe consequences. For example, the two creatures could give birth to even more of the creatures. As a result, all of humanity might have to encounter the new species. Victor states:

I shuddered to think that future ages might curse me as their pest, whose selfishness had not hesitated to buy its own peace at the price, perhaps, of the existence of the whole human race.

Lastly, Victor refused to create a companion for the creature because of his belief about who the creature was. As Victor looked at the creature, he saw a monster with malicious intent. As a result, he was afraid of what the creature might do, especially if there were more of his kind. Thus, he “tore to pieces the thing [fellow creature]” he was creating for the monster and refused to create a fellow companion for him.

Consequently, Victor considered multiple reasons for his refusal in creating the companion. However, the one that finally led to his total rejection was his beliefs about the creature. Seeing the creature as a “monster,” caused him to reject the creature’s proposal and forced the creature to live alone.

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