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Why is Frankenstein's creature considered more monster than human? 

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I think the fact that Frankenstein's creature is considered more monster than human is more of a reflection on humanity than it is on him. Absolutely, I do not condone his violence, but I do find that I sympathize far more with him than I do Victor. The creature was born gentle, curious, and loving, and he was rejected, abandoned, and even shot when he tried to peacefully interact with humans, all because of his frightening appearance. He looks like a monster, through no fault of his own, and his miserable and lonely life is a testament to our willingness to judge a book by its cover, so to speak. He is judged as a result of his appearance rather than by his character which was, by nature, benevolent.

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In large part, the nature of the monster's creation served to condemn him forever to the status of monster despite his having a human "soul" or the ability to feel and think like a human. His enormous size and super-human strength, which give far greater impact to his rage-driven killings, also serve to make him repugnant and anathema to humans so that he is considered a monster rather than a human.

His appearance, having been cobbled together from cadavers, is another reason why he is accorded the status of a monster rather than a human. Even as he comes more and more to feel the emotions and the desires of humans, love, sadness, loneliness, etc., humans cannot look on him with anything other than fear and loathing. This compounds his loneliness and fear, which then drive him to more "monstrous" behaviors, further condemning him.

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