Frankenstein Creature by Mary Shelley Questions

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Is the creature in Frankenstein a human?

Does knowing the difference between good and evil make him human?

To what extent are the creature’s crimes justified by his creator and other people treating him as an inhuman monster?

Read Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" and answer the questions.

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Is the creature in Frankenstein a human?
Frankenstein’s Monster exceeds the expectations of many and is more human than many
would argue. Mary Shelley goes to an extend and gives details on how this monster grows from a
simple being to an intellectual who possesses a lot of knowledge, just the way humans grow.
From the creature’s perspective, there are signals that start during infancy whereby all actions are
intensive and their impacts are evident throughout the growth process. The story shows how the
creature transitions from the childhood phase to adolescent phase or early adulthood whereby the
abilities to reason are established; the creation starts to learn. The creature later grows to late
adolescence stage and early adulthood and therefore looks for happiness and creating a sense of
purpose. This whole development process of Frankenstein’s monster represents the key stages of
human development and therefore it is more human.
I feel that the language Frankenstein uses shows that his creation was human. On several
occurrences, Frankenstein calls him a murderer, and considering that animals and beasts don’t
murder, they instead kill, Frankenstein is most likely referring to human. Animals kill to survive
and defend themselves against enemies, or even to get food, the Frankenstein's creation doesn’t
kill for any of these reasons.
Frankenstein's creation murders out of anger and this signals an emotional response.
Normally, animals are not vindictive like humans. The act of murdering means that the murderer
is conscious of the action they are taking and its consequences. Only humans can be murderers
and that’s why I feel that Frankenstein's creation is a human.

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From my perspective, the creation is grown man who has a mentality of new born. The
monster aged just like children grow and learned on how to make decisions. Also I can feel that
the monster was intelligent considering the way he talked to him; the conversation provided a
clear overviews that it differentiated between right and wrong. ...


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