Why didn’t the captain shoot the monster when he had the chance? Why didn’t he perceive the beast that Victor had described to him? Why did he display compassion and yet, gave the murderer a speech about his past actions? The captain’s reaction when witnessing the creature looking down upon the dead body of Victor is unusual compared to previous reactions observed by previous characters in the novel by Mary Shelley. The captain’s conduct towards the creature portrays a monster that may yet have a bit of humanity found within him. Is their hope for goodness yet in the creature?