How is the monster more human than Victor Frankenstein?

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As others have noted, Frankenstein abandons his creation, essentially spurning his child. We normally think it inhuman if a mother or father rejects their child as a monster and flees from it without offering it any care or nurture, but that is what Frankenstein does.

Ironically, for all his efforts to educate himself  to create life from dead body parts, Frankenstein did not take the time to imagine what it was exactly that he was creating or what he would do with it when it came to life. He became overly obsessed with proving he could create life without anticipating the consequences. This is not inhuman, but all too normal, yet his reaction to what he created was inhumane.  

He shows he is inhumane again when he fails to understand the depth of his monster's pain and loneliness at his complete rejection by other humans. Frankenstein fails to appreciate the good heart the monster was born with. He doesn't appreciate the creature 's need for love and acceptance that, had he offered them,...

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