After Victor creates his creature, he leaves his lab. Frankenstein gains consciousness and is now alive. He finds a way to escape.
The creature ventures on into the wilderness. He scavages for food and shelter. He is doing everything he can just to survive.
Along his journey, he finds a family. He observes them closely, studying their every move. He wishes he could be like them, not rejected by everyone around him.
As the creature observes the family, he finds that they are sad. He does not know why they are so sad, because they are so fortunate and have so many things compared to the creature. He is affectionate and sympathizes with the family.
Frankenstein stumples upon a pool of water, when he sees his reflection. Mary Shelly describes, "...unable to believe that it was indeed I who reflected in the mirror...I was fulled with the bitterest sensations of despondence and mortification" (Shelly 112). He finds himself ugly compared to the humans he has observed.
The creature grows more and more affectionate with the humans, and he decides to do good deeds for them. He gathers piles of wood and gives them to the family. He does this anonymously and does not want the family to know who he is.