Eventually, he undertakes the creation of a humanoid, but due to the difficulty in replicating the minute parts of the human body, Victor makes the Creature tall, about 8 feet (2.4 m) in height and proportionally large.
Despite Victor's selecting its features as beautiful, upon animation the creature is instead hideous, with watery white eyes and yellow skin that barely conceals the muscles and blood vessels underneath.
It takes place at an unspecified time in the 18th century, as the letters' dates are given as "17—".
In the story following the letters by Walton, the readers find that Victor Frankenstein creates a monster that brings tragedy to his life.
Frankenstein has been in pursuit of the gigantic man observed by Walton's crew.
Frankenstein starts to recover from his exertion; he sees in Walton the same obsession that has destroyed him and recounts a story of his life's miseries to Walton as a warning.When Victor is five years old, his parents adopt Elizabeth Lavenza, the orphaned daughter of an expropriated Italian nobleman, with whom Victor (allegedly) later falls in love.During this period, Victor's parents, Alphonse and Caroline, take in yet another orphan, Justine Moritz, who becomes William's nanny.Her name first appeared on the second edition, published in 1823.Shelley travelled through Europe in 1814, journeying along the river Rhine in Germany with a stop in Gernsheim, 17 kilometres (11 mi) away from Frankenstein Castle, where, two centuries before, an alchemist engaged in experiments.Since the novel's publication, the name "Frankenstein" has often been used to refer to the monster itself.In the novel, Frankenstein's creation is identified by words such as "creature", "monster", "daemon", "wretch", "abortion", "fiend" and "it".Ravaged by grief and guilt, Victor retreats into the mountains.The Creature finds him and pleads for Victor to hear his tale.Repulsed by his work, Victor flees when it awakens.While wandering the streets, he meets his childhood friend, Henry Clerval, and takes Henry back to his apartment, fearful of Henry's reaction if he sees the monster. Victor falls ill from the experience and is nursed back to health by Henry.