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Posted February 18, 2013 at 5:23 AM via web

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, how would you describe the monster's attitude towards itself?

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tinicraw | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted February 19, 2013 at 6:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Chapter X is the first meeting between the monster and his creator since Victor left his creation to fend for itself. Victor's greeting is one of repulsiveness and the creature says that he expected that. Then, the creature explains how he feels about himself by saying, "All men hate the wretched; how, then, must I be hated who am miserable beyond all living things!" Victor responds with words that also show how the creature feels because that is what he hears from other people as well as his creator; he hears words like monster, fiend, and wretched devil. As far as his strengths and weaknesses are concerned, the monster taught himself how to read and to talk! Through observing a poor family, he learns that humans can show forth love and live together in families. The creature's weaknesses have to do with the fact that he is practically a baby in a man's world. His size and features strike fear into people who see him and he doesn't know how to properly handle those situations. Basically, he is socially inept to live among humans both visually as well as socially. He blames Victor for his suffering and loneliness rather than finding ways to be a positive influence or to learn to be a better creature.

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