Victor Frankenstein awakens one rainy day to discover that his feelings of despair are reappearing. He decided to ascend to the summit of Montanvert, in the hope that the sight of it would fill him with sublime ecstasy, light and joy, as it had done when he first saw it. As he descended upon the uneven glacier and eventually found the recess of a rock to stop in, he saw the figure of a man, coming towards him with superhuman speed. As the creature rapidly approaches him, he clearly recognizes the ‘wretch’ of a monster that he had created. Victor waves his fist around and threatens to attack the monster, but is able to avoid Victor with his speed. The monster claimed to be a virtuous creature, until the actions of humans made him miserable. “All men hate the wretched; how then, must I be hated, who am miserable beyond all living things! Yet you, my creator, detest and spurn me, thy creature, to whom thou art bound by ties only dissoluble by the annihilation of one of us.” (Vol. II Chapter II, Page 117). The monster made Frankenstein listen, because as Frankenstein was his creator, he owed it to the monster to hear his story. The monster swore to leave Frankenstein in peace if he met the monster’s demands; otherwise, the monster would destroy Frankenstein’s family. After a lot of contemplation, Frankenstein decides to listen, and goes to the fire in the ice cave with the monster. The monster starts to recount the story of his life once they are inside.
In this chapter, it is shown that Frankenstein still feels guilty about the murder of his brother, and the execution of Justine. It is shown that he is deeply flawed, and feels isolated. The monster is shown to be more human in this chapter, as he engages in conversation with Victor, and portrays some form of emotion. He states that he was a virtuous and worthy creature until the disdain and ignorance of humans made him miserable.