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The creature is not made from human corpses?


alex t #65163
Oct 12, 2008 11:28 PM

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The creature is not made from human corpses?

Every online study guide and even wikipedia claims that the creature was constructed from bits of corpses. Where does it say that in the book? Sure victor studied the anatomy of dead bodies but Shelley never says that he stitched them together to make the monster. She doesn't tell us how the creature is conceived period. What's with the misinformation?

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coco s #17435
Oct 16, 2008 4:43 PM

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Victor tells us that he raided charnel houses and graveyards to get the parts for the creature.  I don't know the exact chapter, but it's early in the book when he has quit school and is absorbed in his experiment. 

How else could Victor have built the creature besides using parts of dead bodies?  He would have to use more than one for a couple of reasons: whatever killed the person would render a new creation unfit to live, so he would have to get "healthy" parts from another corpse.  In addition, Victor does not want to bring a person back to life; if he were to re-animate a person, that person would thank God for a new life.  Victor wants to create a NEW human being so that he can be "God."  So he cobbles together a creature and gives it life so that it will be HIS. 

miranda b #102955
Sep 04, 2009 1:11 PM

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Victor and the distaste of him building the frankenstein from the body parts

charles s #54728
Sep 17, 2009 11:42 AM

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What else would the creature be made out of?

When Victor is asked to make a mate for the creature, he again collects human body parts.

One thing I cannot figure out is how he keeps the body parts fresh while he is building. But I guess it's just a gothic novel, so unrealistic elements abound and we're supposed to focus on the message of the story instead of the details and whether they all make sense together.

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