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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, how does the monster learn about history, which then causes him to weep?  

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In the novel Frankenstein the creature learned about history through listening to Felix De Lacey reading Volney's Ruins of Empires to his Arab girlfriend, Safie. The book talked about the many different cultures of the world, about major milestones in history, and about the evils of war which can destroy a civilization.

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Through this work I obtained a cursory knowledge of history, and a view of the several empires at present existing in the world; it gave me an insight into the manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth. I heard of the slothful Asiatics; of the stupendous genius and mental activity of the Grecians; of the wars and wonderful virtue of the early Romans—of their subsequent degeneration—of the decline of that mighty empire; of chivalry, Christianity, and kings. I heard of the discovery of the American hemisphere, and wept with Safie over  the hapless fate of its original inhabitants.

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