More on the creature's experiences

More on the creature's experiences:

His experience of the world in many ways reflects that of a newly-born child

  • he talks a great deal about his senses – sight, feeling, hearing and smell;
  • he gradually understands the separate existence of objects and learns to distinguish between them;

His experience can also be compared to that of Adam in the Garden of Eden

  • he responds to the light of the moon and the warmth of the sun and finds that food and drink are supplied; he even finds a cloak in the forest;
  • he takes pleasure in the sights and sounds of the forest, such as bird-song and the shade of the trees; again, like Adam, he exists in a state of simplicity and innocence.

His life becomes a speeded-up version of human history

  • he discovers and learns to control fire;
  • he begins to long for human company;
  • as he observes the de Laceys he begins to find out about family life;
  • BUT he is forced to understand how frightened people are when they see him
  • tempted by food, he enters a cottage, but is chased out of the village

NOTE that at this stage he can only observe the de Laceys: he cannot yet speak or read.



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