I found myself similar yet at the same time strangely unlike to the beings

Category: Writing & Reading | Type: Discussion | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 15

This defines much of the appeal of works such as Hamlet, The Sorrows, The Stranger, and The Catcher in the Rye, which emphasize a young protagonist's differences more than his or her resemblance to the mass of humanity.

Rousseau's Confessions (1782), published four years after his death but completed by 1769, portions of which Rousseau disseminated) further develops the sense of a unique individuality by describing desires and acts, including lying, theft, manipulation, and masturbation, that hardly anyone before Rousseau would unrepentantly admit to, no less put in print. Augustine confesses to theft and libertinism in order to disavow them. Rousseau disavows nothing of what made him who he is.

The monster's iterated question, "Who was I?" expresses the puzzlement of someone who, unlike all others before him, cannot acquire even a shred of his identity from his family, class, gender, and work. 

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