What is the monster's name in the novel Frankenstein?

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kmj23 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Frankenstein, the monster does not have a given name. Its creator, Victor Frankenstein, however, does use a number of negative terms to describe the monster throughout the novel, including "ogre," "devil," and "thing."

There is some significance in the fact that the monster is nameless. Firstly, it reinforces the monster's status as Victor's creation. It is his property, the product of his labors while at university, and therefore viewed as a possession, not a human being.

Secondly, not giving the monster a name makes it easier for Victor to flee his monster when he realizes how terrifying and horrible he really finds it. Remember that the monster is incredibly ugly and scary. It is extremely tall, for instance, and has yellow eyes. By not giving this monster a name, Shelley also reinforces the idea that it is neither human nor animal. It is a completely new and separate entity.

daveb eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In a way, I think the monster lacking a name is like schools that attempt to make their students wear uniforms: the idea is that students will display their creativity in their work, rather than by what they wear. I think by not giving the monster a name, it allows his appearance and behavior to get the full attention of the reader, and it helps avoid what happens in so many other novels, where the character's name is in some way indicative of what the character is, or stands for.

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dymatsuoka eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The monster has no name in the novel. It has been said that this omission is a reflection of Victor Frankenstein's complete rejection of his creation. The monster calls himself "the Adam of your labors", and is referred to as "the creature", "the fiend", "the daemon", and "the wretch" at different points in the book.

Wiggin42 | Student

The monster doesn't really have a name. Its always referred to as the creature, the monster, the fiend, etc. I think this confusion arises because in pop culture, we think Frankenstein is the name of the monster. In actuality , Frankenstein is the name of the creator: Victor Frankenstein. 

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