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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

11) Why does Frankenstein first agree to make his Monster a companion?

After listening to the Monster’s tale of survival, Frankenstein is moved to give in to the Monster’s request and create for him a companion. The Monster’s tale makes Frankenstein realize the magnitude of his error in creating a being that had now “proved . . . to be a creature of fine sensation,” or a being that was capable of the same emotional needs like comfort and friendship as any other human. Further, Frankenstein reasons that, as the Monster’s maker, he owes him “all the portion of happiness that it was in my power to bestow.” In this moment, however, Frankenstein finds himself caught in a moral conflict between doing what’s right by his creation and potentially unleashing more havoc upon the world (and, arguably more so, upon himself).