In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, what does the monster learn by observing the DeLacey family?

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The DeLacey family consists of a blind old man from Paris who is of a "good" family, his daughter Agatha, and his son Felix. The family is ruined and forced to live in a cottage in the woods after trying to help Safie's Turkish father. Safie also lives with them.

From observing the DeLacey family, the creature learns that others beside him have been treated unjustly. The DeLacey's are good, pure people who suffer for trying to help a foreigner. From them, the creature discovers how good people treat each other, with kindness, self sacrifice, and respect. Feeling very alone, he hopes that he can perhaps become a party of this loving family.

The creature also learns that the DeLacey's speak using language and hopes to acquire it for himself.

The creature acquires a great deal of socialization in human life from quietly observing the DeLacey's from afar. When he feels it is safe to do so, the creature approaches the blind father first. Mr. DeLacey, unable to see him, speaks to him kindly, but when the children return, Felix jumps to the conclusion that he is a monster and treats him with physical abuse. The creature experiences sorrow and despair that even such good people as the DeLaceys can't see past his outward hideous appearance to his yearning, kind-hearted soul.

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From the DeLaceys, Frankenstein 's creature also learns of human history, both of our incredible accomplishments and our goodness and...

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