bodies and identities


In conclusion, then, the creature's humanity derives from his whole being, not from the sum of his parts. He progresses through stages of development parallel to a newborn child, experiencing deep emotion towards humanity and a passion for learning humanity's ways; it is this development that make the creature a unique individual. The creature's uniqueness is his fatal shortcoming, however, because he exists in a world than cannot truly see or understand him. Thus Frankenstein emerges as a tragic tale of failed understanding and communication between different kinds of individuals. Shelley ultimately asserts that it is this tragic ignorance that creates monsters, not bad science.


  attitudes toward creation




creature's history


creature's humanity


  other themes