As a kid growing up, my perception of Frankenstein was of a monster who had been irresponsibly turned loose on the world by his creator Victor.
After reading the magnum opus of Mary Shelley, I learned that Frankenstein, after being abandoned by his mad scientist creator, was an exceptionally sensitive, self educated, and intelligent creature!
He read Paradise Lost, Plutarch, The Sorrows of Young Werther, and Volney’s Ruins of Empires making him more learned and erudite than many who paid for their education.
Frankenstein rightfully possessed contempt for Victor as he had created a human form that would never assimilate or fit in to any human culture on the planet.
The “monster” logically requested his creator produce a female version of him for the sake of companionship.
He promised to live in complete exile in the untamed vast regions of South America(more evidence of his well rounded education as he has never been there residing primarily in Germany).
He and his labratory engendered wife would live off the land in South America not encroaching on humans.
The following quote from the book constitutes proof for this brief article’s title.
“My food is not that of man; I do not destroy the lamb and the kid to glut my appetite; acorns and berries afford me sufficient nourishment. ”
Finally, Shelley’s brilliant effort parallels the development of a feral child viz a viz the monster’s acquisition of language and elements of human culture although a feral child may never acquire language …. He might if he viewed a family from a distance as Frankenstein did.