In what ways does the creature believe he might be human if given the chance in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?  

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booboosmoosh | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the creature finds first and foremost that being rejected from the society of men makes him feel inhuman. He says that he was born for love--which shows he could be human--and not to kill, so one can assume that being human to him means loving someone and being loved in return. The lack of this is something the creature finds he greatly resents.

Once Victor refuses to make a mate for the monster, and the creature then learns that Victor intends to marry, he is furious. If he must be alone, so must Victor. He warns his creator that he will be there on his wedding night; in fact, he is, and he kills Elizabeth.

By watching the DeLacy family, the creature learns of other things that make someone human: music, language, learning, having a family, and helping others. These are not things beyond the creature's capacity; with these, he feels he couls be human. The one thing that separates him from the society of humans is his appearance and the fear it incites.

Alienation and loneliness are themes in this story. The creature very much understands these feelings from the moment of his creation. And ironically, one thing that also comes with the human condition is negative emotions as well, such as anger and revenge. Though these are not to be admired or aspired to, he learns these human lessons quickly because of the rejection that begins with Victor Frankenstein, the day he gives the creature life and then flees from him. The creature can be evil, but he has these human qualities besides being a product of his environment and is to be pitied.

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it means to respect everyone and enjoy yuor live in peace. It also means to pray to God and not lie for small reasons

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