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Mary Shelley

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12) Why do the townspeople accuse Frankenstein of murdering Clerval?

The townspeople confront Frankenstein about Clerval’s murder because eyewitnesses claim that when they found Clerval’s body along the beach, they saw a boat in the water that matched Frankenstein’s. In reality, the Monster killed Clerval. The night before the murder, the Monster took Frankenstein’s boat, and after seeing Frankenstein destroy the companion he was making for him, the Monster killed Clerval in a fit of rage.