Are there any situations in Frankenstein that have complex inferences?

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Mary Shelley, a Romanticist, provides several examples of Frankenstein's characters making complex inferences.

1. The creature uses very little information--Victor's journal--to find Victor and his family in another country. This is a complex inference on the creature's part.

2. Victor makes many complex inferences after his creation of the "monster." He assumes that the monster, because of his physical appearance, will be evil. He infers that the monster will use the "she creature" to wreak havoc upon mankind. While admittedly, the creature has committed some violent acts by the time he first talks to Victor, the doctor cannot put aside his creation's appearance when predicting how the creature will act. Victor, who is arguably the most intelligent of the novel's characters, is most guilty of making erroneous inferences. Shelley uses this characteristic of Victor to demonstrate her Romantic belief that vast knowledge stifles one's imagination and moral emotions, leaving humans who are "scientifically intelligent" with the inability to make correct assumptions.


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