Some Readers Have Commented That Mary Shelly Presents the Creature as More Human Than His Creator. How Far Do You Agree with This View?

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Some readers have commented that Mary Shelly presents the creature as more human than his creator. How far do you agree with this view?

To some extent I agree with this statement, but there is also a point of disagreement. Shelly introduces the creature into the novel with physical human characteristics, who soon begins to learn the human language and feel human emotions and senses such as love, kindness, pain and anger. The creature takes complete responsibility for his actions, respects life more than Frankenstein, which is apparent by Frankenstein robbing graves to create the creature, and the fact that Frankenstein abandons the creature to die, only for the creature to experience the hatred of mankind. In almost every way, the monster portrays himself as more human than Frankenstein, but of course, one must not put aside the fact that ultimately, Frankenstein is a human and the creature is not.
Of course, for the creature to be more human than his creator, he must first have the typical human characteristics. He firstly shows physical human features. He is “eight feet in height” and his body parts are taken from dead bodies which his creator dug out from graves. His “limbs were in proportion” and his “hair was of lustrous black. He has also developed human emotions. Having been scared off by the villagers he began “feeling pain invade [him] on all sides, [he] sat down and wept”. This shows that his surroundings have an impact on how he feels and reacts, and to weep is a common human action. He likes warmth, company, kindness and music, and dislikes pain, cold and seeing people sad. All these qualities are typical of a human and so it makes the creature human like. The point where the creature becomes more human than his creator is when it comes to the types of feelings expressed; for instance, in the beginning of the creature's life he is loving, benevolent,…...

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