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I agree that the monster cannot be considered a cyborg by Haraway's definition because of the post-gender world. Outside of the monster himself and his incomplete female companion, he seemed to be very much aware of the gender of others. He admired the physical characteristics of Felix and also the contrast of those of the sister Agatha. The monster also talks about the beauty of the picture of William's mother in the locket, and he describes her physical features which he finds attractive. Another part of Haraway's definition says a cyborg has no seductions to organic wholeness. Before the monster see his reflection in the pool, he comments on how he admired the "perfect forms" of the cottagers. This makes me think that the monster did have a desire to have that organic wholeness. Although he was created entirely from human parts, it was the science and technology that went behind his creation that prevented him from being truly organic.


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