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Hitchcock, Susan Tyler. Frankenstein: A Cultural History. Ed. Susan Tyler Hitchcock. New York: Norton & Company, Inc. 2007. 47-49. Print. Hitchcock defines Mary Shelley's use of tabula rasa as inspired by John Locke's essay, Concerning Human Understanding. "Knowledge of the outside world forms as sensory impressions bombard the mind and accumulate into ideas and opinions" (47). Locke argued that man is neither innately good or evil, but rather a blank slate upon which sensations create impressions which create conscious experience. A flabbergasted Victor shuns the creature's first human interaction, shaping the character of his creation. Hitchcock attempts to link the Romantic concept of infancy and childhood that's commonly alloyed with tabula rasa. The creature first confronts with sensations such as hot, cold, hunger, etc. He later learns through experience to distinguish, understand and manipulate these physical sensations. Porter, Laurence M. "Women’s Vision in Western Literature"; The Emphatic Community. Westport: Greenwood Publishing Group, 2005. 83-85. Print. Porter attempts to vinculate the creature's credibility with the blank slate ideal. She connects his lack of experience and innocence as attributions to his trustworthiness. The creature must learn to "educate himself", she questions the creature's ability to reason due to his innocent nature, making him oppressive to human race all together after having been neglected multiple times

"Norton Critical Editions". Frankenstein. 2nd Ed. Norton 2011. Print.
Norton Critical Editions analyzes Shelley's model of maturation with a “realistic depiction of Lockean psychology". Just like his creature, Victor own character is formed by his past childhood experiences. Berkowitz, Edward D. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein. Ed. Schoene-Hardwood, Berthold. Columbia: Columbia UP, 2000. 52-56. Print. Hardwood defines that every human being is born with a sense of compassion....