sophisms

Category: Mind | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Frankenstein (in Context) | Author: Mary Shelley | Ch: Chapter 20

or sophistic, which means false if agile reasoning, often deployed to mislead and deceive, sometimes self-servingly.

This is an unfair characterization of the monster's argument which, whatever else, is closely reasoned and honest in his admission of the indignation, resentment, and rage that led to his murders. Frankenstein is in fact the sophist here. 

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