The beautiful, in this formulation, would seem to be a characteristic
understood only within a human context. That is to say, until the
Creature can identify himself with human concerns and human emotions, he
cannot distinguish the beautiful. The corollary of this, however, may not
be so honorific to humanity. The birds with whom the creature first
identified (2.3.2) seem wholly
unconcerned with the sublime; but all humans are terrified of it and flee.