How does Mary Shelley portray education through the mind of the creature?

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Education is a very important topic in Frankenstein because we get it in two ways: Taught by institutions, and self-taught.

In the case of the creature, we know that he taught himself to speak, read, and that his analytical skills were superb.

We realize this way that an education given at the best schools (such as the main character, Victor) do not give half the gist of life and philosophy as an education acquired at one's own pace (like the creature's).  The creature not only educated himself, but disciplined himself, contrasted himself to the rest of the world, and even gave himself rules to live by. 

This shows that education may be portrayed in the novel as a gift that is inherent to whoever beholds it, and used as much as the owner's temperament can allow.

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