Frankenstein (Chapter 13: Monster learns to talk)

Learning from Safie, a fellow outsider because she cannot speak the language “I improved more rapidly than the Arabian”
The monster learns about the duality of man through history books “I obtained a cursory knowledge of history… was man, indeed, at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?”
The monster is ambivalent about his feelings towards man “For a long time I could not conceive how one man could go forth and kill another, or even why there were laws and governments; but when I heard details of vice and bloodshed, my wonder ceased”
Extremity of negativity the monster feels towards humanity “disgust and loathing”
The monster begins to become wholly self aware “The words induced me to turn towards myself… what was I?… Was I then a monster, a blot upon this earth from which all men fled, and who all men disowned?”
The monster’s ambivalence towards knowledge, thought and feeling. Debate over whether life is worth the pain. “Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, like a lichen on the rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling; but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain, and that was death- a state which I feared I did not understand”
GOOD quote on the monster’s self-questioning “What was I?”

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