Why did the creature set the cottage on fire?
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The creature curses his creator for giving him life. Only his great rage, and his consuming desire for revenge, keeps him from taking his own life: he longs to "spread havoc and destruction around [him], and then to [sit down] and enjoy the ruin." After finding the cottage empty, he realizes he has been abandoned yet again. THe creature ends up burning down the cottage in order vent his fury.