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

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The most transformative thing the creature learns from the De Lacey family is the sense of belonging that arises from being part of a family. As he spies on the family from a distance, he watches them care for each other. He notices how they share in both the joys and the hardships that each member faces, and the bond which unites them in life's journey. The creature begins to long for the intimate sense of being known that the De Laceys share:

The more I saw of them, the greater became my desire to claim their protection and kindness; my heart yearned to be known and loved by these amiable creatures; to see their sweet looks directed towards me with affection was the utmost limit of my ambition.

By observing the De Lacey family, the creature has learned that life is best shared with people who care for each other. He has lacked any meaningful human connections for his entire existence. Victor provides the closest human relationship he has encountered, and from his creator he receives only...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on February 27, 2020