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Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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Not sure what particular pleasure there is in wretchedness, horror, despair, depression, darkness and demise especially in the 18th & 19th century. Definitely, not a pleasant book and somewhat disturbing.

In any event regarding the main justifications of the monsters actions the following may be noted.

Frankenstein Chapter 16

The monster's justification for murder is illogical. He claims that because he is hideous no human would accept him. As a matter of fact they would try to kill him. Therefore, he is justified in killing even though it's wrong. Otherwise, he would be kind. But, where did he learn kindness from? The cottagers. The very same people who wanted to kill him. Then how does he know that kindness is right?

Furthermore, if killing is wrong why is it justified because people don't want to have anything to do with him? If he kills isn't he doing the very act which he holds is causing him to kill? Wouldn't human beings now kill him because he killed causing the very same reaction he had to their ostracization of him?

This is classical self serving justification. Therefore, his maker shouldn't have agreed to his request because of a promise(even though he later reneged). He can't be trusted. Furthermore, how can his creator allow him to go free without retribution for his evil acts. To succumb to the monster's entreaty is wrong. He is clearly doing it because similar justification and fear.

Perhaps, all of this is included in Walton's rebuke to the monster at the end of the book and Frankenstein's general revulsion to the monsters actions?
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