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Mary Shelley

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Why does Frankenstein run away from his Monster?

Immediately after bringing the Monster to life, Frankenstein feels overwhelmed by the Monster’s ugliness, so he attempts to find relief by going to sleep in the next room, where his sleep is plagued by nightmares. When he awakes to find the Monster standing over him, smiling, Frankenstein rushes from the room, terrified, ashamed, and regretful for creating the Monster. Frankenstein reflects, “Mingled with this horror, I felt the bitterness of disappointment; dreams that had been my food and pleasant rest for so long a space were now become a hell to me; and the change was so rapid, the overthrow so complete!”