In Frankenstein, is the monster childlike? In what way does he express his childlike behaviour and attitudes?

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This is quite a multifaceted question. On the one hand, the Creature very much sees himself as Frankenstein's child, while Frankenstein, ostensibly its "parent," wants to view the Creature as a monster for whom he has no responsibility. He is horrified by what he has created, and, as a result, he rejects it. But the story Shelley tells is that it is not an option for a parent to reject a child without considering the impact of this upon the child. Like a human child, rather than like a monster, the Creature feels deeply wounded at being "excluded" from the love other people enjoy. He feels he is not "virtuous" not because he is inherently bad, but because Frankenstein has neglected him; and this has made him "a fiend."

The Creature's behavior, then, is abhorrent in many ways, but whether it is really childlike is questionable. When he first comes to awareness, the Creature knows nothing; like a baby, he must come to understand such simple concepts as fire, the moon, and the self. But he...

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