the art of language
Although Mary Shelley in this chapter seems deliberately to be emphasizing
the Creature's "ardour" to place it within the context of the ambitions
driving both Walton and Victor Frankenstein (see 2.4.3 and note), she is effectively contrasting them. In
the Creature's education language has a moral function, allowing
communication among beings and operating as an instrument by which they
may think and feel in common. True sympathy, the object of his utmost
desire, is thus dependent upon language.