William Frankenstein is Alphonse Frankenstein’s youngest son and Victor’s youngest brother. He is an innocent child and the darling of the whole family. When William reveals his connection to the Frankenstein family, the Monster kills him.
In Shelley’s Frankenstein, William is the youngest child and the favorite member of the Frankenstein family. He is an embodiment of childhood innocence, a lively, beautiful, and kind boy. William seems to be perfect in his appearance, character, and manners. In this regard, he contrasts with his older brother Victor. The ill fate, which the boy meets, emphasizes his angelic character and contrast to Victor.
Among Frankenstein characters, William is the first victim of the Monster. The creature seems to be fond of the child at first. The Monster scares William, and he unwittingly discloses the beast’s origin. When the Monster learns that the little boy is a member of Victor’s family, the creature gets seized with rage and hatred. He kills William in the woods as an act of revenge.
William Frankenstein, Alphonse Frankenstein’s youngest son, became one of the innocent victims of the Monster. The boy is a sweet child, whose delicate appearance made the Monster want to befriend him first. The creature’s hatred for humankind led to William’s tragic death. This accident contributed to Victor’s feeling of guilt for creating the Monster.