Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
...Frankenstein: I was benevolent; my soul glowed with love and humanity: but am I not alone, miserably alone You, my creator, abhor me... "I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on".(Chapter 24, Walton's letter continued) This is how the monster sums up his situation at the end of the tale, the word "abortion" spelling out the rejection faced by an unwanted child, better dead than alive, which tormented him to acts of unspeakable cruelty. His inhuman appearance was not gained through a life of heinous deeds, it was how he was made by his human creator. The monster was no monster at heart to begin with, he gradually became so after a lifetime of...