Many assumptions and theories alike can be made as to why the creature insisted upon the truth of his tale by giving Victor the letters by Safie, though one reason I found that might warrant this sort of behavior could be of the creature seeking that validation he very much craved from Victor, his creator. During this confrontation, the creature makes note of the ways in which Victor neglected him, “I remembered Adam’s supplication to his creator. But where was mine? He had abandoned me and in the bitterness of my heart I cursed him,” (Ch.15) and had since mentioned it during his recollection of his life, “no father had watched my infant days,” (Ch.13) and so on. It’s through their relationship that we could even compare it to that of Safie and her father’s. From what the creature collected from her past, her father used her in order to escape, having noticed the way Felix looked at his daughter. When she confronts him, the creature recollects it as “leaving her angrily, reiterating his tyrannical mandate.” (Ch.14). 

The correlation of the creature’s need for Victor’s validation to Safie is that he felt in some way connected to her. Throughout the story, the creature learns French with Safie, and it’s through this that he begins to feel this sort of bond, or rather he feels the all more connected to her and then even more so when he learns of her past. He also relates to her in the sense of wanting to rise in rank, as she had shown interest in this when she was told by her mother and he obviously does not want to remain as the monster the villagers and those around her have put him as. He wants to be seen, to be validated, and to be taken in.  

And it’s through all of this do we also get a sense of double consciousness coming from the creature. W.E.B. Du Bois’ double consciousness describes the sensation of feeling as though your identity is divided into several parts, making it difficult or impossible to have one unified identity. Towards the end of his recollection, the creature questions his existence and goes as far as to compare it to Victor, “God, in pity, made man beautiful . . . but my form is a filthy type of yours, more horrid even from the very resemblance,” (Ch.15) and then with the devil, “I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition, for often, like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protectors, the bitter gall of envy rose within me,” (Ch.15). He also goes on to mention the other numerous times in which he questions his existence and his origin, “I was not even of the same nature as men,” (Ch.13) and then more so as he talks about how he eventually became cursed with knowledge and left wondering such things about himself the more he learned about the world.

– Lou Flores