It was his coming of age. Legend has it that the author came up with the tale on a rainy afternoon inwhen she, her husband Percy Bysshe Shelley not a typoand their friend Lord Byron each composed a gothic story to pass the time. The Creature lives in both masculine and feminine roles, formerly as the actor and murderer of the Frankenstein clan and latterly as a passive recipient of knowledge through the deLacey family and the botched creation of his companion.
Indeed they were perhaps more so, because they implied that there were far more possibilities. Nurse the baby, read. Victor Frankenstein and the Creature tangle with isolation as well with Victor working fiendishly to complete his experiment at the cost of communicating with his family back home in Geneva.
Godwin's novels" produced by the "daughter of a celebrated living novelist" Sir Walter Scottwriting in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazinecongratulated "the author's original genius and happy power of expression"although he is less convinced about the way in which the monster gains knowledge about the world and language.