From the very start of his tale, Frankenstein reveals himself as an arrogant, spoiled man. Victor contemplates the idea of his success in creating life and thinks, "[a] new species would bless me as its creator and source" (49). He honestly believes that once he has successfully created a living being, the being will worship him as its "creator and source." It is not a stretch to say that Frankenstein envisions himself as a godlike figure in this instance. He is, after all, creating life. The thought of his new species thinking of him as a god is more appealing to him than any recognition he might receive for such a groundbreaking advancement in science. Frankenstein, still contemplating the future in which several of his beings exist, thinks, "many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me" (49). Here, Frankenstein does two things. He assumes that any being he creates will simply be "happy and excellent." He does not even consider the possibility that whatever he creates may in fact be imperfect. In addition, Frankenstein takes the idea of how his creations will think of him one step further. He states that they will "owe their being to [him]," almost as if his sole purpose for creating life in the first place is to collect a pile of perfect living beings on which to climb to the top of the world. Frankenstein assumes that because he granted his creations the gift of life, they will owe everything that they are and everything that they may achieve during their existence, solely to him. This is not only a completely pig-headed, power-hungry notion, but it is simply disturbing for Frankenstein to automatically think of these other living creatures as beings existing to serve him.
Frankenstein's attitude toward the creature once he is alive greatly differs from the naive idealistic future he imagines before the creature's first breath. Once he sees the appalling countenance of the monster, he immediately rejects it. He simply abandons the fantastic science project that he has been slaving over for months on top of months. It is curious that Frankenstein does not stay to try command the being into submission before fleeing, because, according to his initial thoughts, the being would most definitely be willing to submit himself to his direction. Nonetheless, Frankenstein flees from the abhorrence he has created and does not again face the monster for a while. When he does encounter the monster, he vocalizes his hatred for it. In his fit of rage, Frankenstein shouts, "[c]ursed be the day, abhorred devil, in which you first saw light! Cursed (although I curse myself) be the hands that formed you!" (108). This is one of the most shocking moments in the novel because Frankenstein, the almighty scientist and creator of life, curses himself. He expresses his regret and admits the fact that he made a terrible mistake. This is very uncharacteristic of Frankenstein because, usually, he is extremely confident and would never ever admit to making a mistake or to creating anything imperfect.
Seeing his creation and actually confronting him challenges everything Frankenstein knows about himself. He finally realizes that he is not the perfect human and he has made a grave mistake in creating the monster. He would never go as far to admit that abandoning the monster was a mistake, but this seemingly small admittance of responsibility is remarkable.