“I am alone and miserable: man will not associate with me; but one as deformed and horrible as myself would not deny herself to me” (Shelley 127). A monster with bad intentions generates a bad reputation in society. However, does a monster whose sole purpose is to achieve and excel treated wrongly because of the way he looks? According to John Bugg’s “Master of their language: Education and Exile” The creature’s narrative of education unfolds from a personal realization of alterity. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein portrays the creature’s motivation to broaden his education in order to be accepted by society. Despite the creature’s good intentions to broaden his education, his physical appearance disallows him to obtain an education, and
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However, this task requires a lot of determination from the creature. The creature realizes from the De Lacey’s lectures that “Reading had puzzled [the creature] at first; but, by degrees, [the creature] discovered that [Felix] uttered many of the same sounds when he read as when he talked” (Shelley 89). The creature tries to learn how to read by watching Felix read passages. He makes notes of the different sounds each letter makes. The creature motivates himself not to give up. He stares right into the eyes of adversity and challenges himself to broaden his education. When there is a will, there is a way. The creature’s inspiration to learn is his will, and whether or not the creature can accomplish his goal is a different story.
The creature comes to the realization that no one will ever accept him despite his efforts to educate himself. Adversity is a dangerous weapon in society against certain people like the creature. The creature acknowledges “This affective identification is soon complicated as the creature begins to perceive a power imbalance between himself and the De Laceys, a sense of inferiority that emerges as he becomes aware of his physical difference” (Bugg 659). The creature contemplates what might happen if he confronts the De Laceys. He questions if it is the right time to confront the De Laceys and prove to them how much he can grasp when he puts his mind to it. The creature