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The creature's gendered world

I agree that Frankenstein’s creature does not exist in a post-gender world, and is thus, not a cyborg.  I also agree that it’s important to keep in mind that it is a female that the creature requests for companionship. I think it’s interesting that the creature is specifically gendered male in the novel—which resonates the with Prometheus tale. The creature starts out alone and acquires knowledge about the world independently. However, because the creature is positioned in the actual world—the world of Frankenstein—it’s impossible for him to be in a post-gendered world. However outcast he may be, he is subject to his time and environment. His decision to request a female companion seems the most natural thing for him to do given the exposure he has had to human society. The creature’s desire to be more human-like, usage of gender binaries, and acquisition of human traits push against the cyborgian reading.



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