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What makes the monster in "Frankenstein" more human than Victor? Frankenstein human side, Victors inhuman side

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The most evident difference is that the monster is a victim of circumstance whereas Victor is not. The monster acts impulsively; his reactions (and even his violence)are primitive but not intentionally cruel.

Victor is the calculating scientist who does not consider the eventual consequences of his experimentation. His acts are not without guilt since he premeditates, then creates a being which will inevitably suffer. This being is not only hideously deformed but devoid of soul. Victor Franenstein does not take this "factor" into consideration until it is too late. He- not "it"- is the true monster.

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