Victor`s decision to marry Elizabeth upon his return from England seems foolish: he has no way of knowing what will happen to his pact with the creature. The marriage, both for Victor`s father and for Victor himself, represents the satisfaction of all the hopes and expectations of the family: it will serve to restore order in Frankenstein`s home after the terrible events that struck her. The union of Elizabeth and Victor will confirm that nothing has changed, that life continues as usual: it thus serves as a blatant affront to the creature`s desire to take revenge on its Creator. In fact, marriage can only be grossly offensive to the creature who has been deprived of any hope of love and camaraderie. It is important to note that Victor`s marriage depends on the creature: that is, he and Elizabeth will only be united if the creature receives his partner. Frankenstein devotes most of his morning to work and goes to the dismal and stoned beach at night. His horror of his task grows every day, in contrast to the enthusiasm with which he made his first experience. He is more and more frightened and afraid to meet his monster. He considers the new creation with a mixture of hope and “opaque premonitions of evil.” When he remembers their journey, Frankenstein is impressed by the great difference between Clerval and himself. Clerval was quite alive for the natural landscape which he loved with incomparable zeal; Victor, on the other hand, was plagued by melancholy and felt a “bad wretch.” Victor mourns Clerval, whom he still considers a man of incomparable value and beauty of the soul. Victor has a second thought, just to be moved by the monster`s arguments. At this point, Victor and his creation should be considered equal. What the monster lacks is formal training and the knowledge to create his own friend.
In London, Clerval was involved in visits to scholarly and illustrious men; But Victor cannot join him, for he is too stuck in the accomplishment of his odious task. He thought that the journey would have given him an indescribable joy while he was still a student; But now he just wants to be alone, because “an insurmountable barrier has been laid between him and his fellow human beings.” He looks out the window to see the creature smiling behind the glass. When the monster looks, Frankenstein rips the half-finished creation. The creature weeps in anger and despair, then disappears. By reconciling his wickedness with his misery, he implicitly makes Frankenstein responsible for what he has become: such an accusation is, however, effective in eliciting sympathy from both Victor and the reader. The creature often refers to Frankenstein as “you, my Creator”: this double form of discourse serves not only to remind Victor of his responsibility to give life to the creature; It is also a free title that asks him for help. The symbol of the exploded tree is crucial to understanding what became of Frankenstein. A tree is a living organism that branches and spreads.
One that is “exploded” is divided in the middle, separated from its roots, unable to record sensations. The happiness that Victor once enjoyed so occasionally is now tainted by memories of the past and visions of the future. He can no longer find solace, for his soul cannot rejoice as it did. Frankenstein`s happiness, at this stage of the novel, is inseparable from that of his creation; This is how he feels as a slave to the creature. The two are now double for each other: like the creature, Victor suffers from impenetrable loneliness; like him, his romantic happiness depends on the compassion of another; like him, he feels like a “miserable wretch” unsuited to human society. The question of who is the Creator, who creation becomes even more confused than if the novel builds to its inevitable conclusion. The Creator and his creation continue to double in a frightening way, although their relationship is hopelessly confused: Victor is now the creature`s “slave,” and his life is entirely the design of the creature.