The Creature In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Oftentimes one seeks out a figure to compare themselves to, whether it be a role model or an individual to identify with. Such is the case of the Creature, in Mary Shelley’s science fiction thriller Frankenstein, who compares himself to both Adam and Lucifer while reading John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Though both are an arguable fit, the Creature’s exhibition of his innate appreciation for nature, his demonstration of remorse, and his desire for both companionship and knowledge suggest that his natural personality is predominantly akin to Adam in the book of Genesis. The evidence of these characteristics are focused in the Creature’s narrative; the experiences from the first few days of his life allow the reader to perceive his inborn personality prior to his…show more content…
The Creature’s innocence, comparable to that of Adam, is primarily displayed through his personal narrative of his early days in life. First of all, he proves to have an innate appreciation and curiosity for nature, as Adam does through his naming of God’s creatures in the Bible. When the Bible states how “[…] Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to [Adam] to see what he would call them; and whatever [he] called every living creature, that was its name”(NRSV Genesis 2:19) it is shown that Adam appreciates the animals enough to name them personally, displaying a natural value for nature. Similarly, the Creature finds a desire to “imitate the pleasant songs of the birds”(91) and distinguishes how “the sparrow uttered none but harsh notes, whilst those of the blackbird and thrush were sweet and enticing”(92), evidently showing his love of the birds’ singing and his own mode of appreciation for nature. Secondly, the Creature displays the feeling of remorse and kind emotions related to it, as the childish Adam does. The Creature, in his
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