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After Victor creates and abandons the creature, Clerval joins Victor at the university, where the continue studies and then take up a "pedestrian tour" of the country. When they return, Victor receives a letter from his father, describing the murder of his "beloved William."

The effect of William's death on the plot is


to re-ignite Victor's jealousy over the affection his father felt for his siblings.


to deepen the friendship and sympathy between Victor and Clerval.


to highlight Elizabeth's vulnerability so Victor will rush to her aid.


to emphasize the reality and malevolence of the creature.


to highlight the gothic elements of the story.

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