Ever since the dawn of human storytelling there have been stories about monsters and other horrifying beings. These tales are meant to scare, teach, and warn, as much about inhuman, blood-thirsty creatures as the human monsters who commit heinous crimes. The latter may seem human at first, but then they turn to darkness and become less than human. In the same vein, there are those who seem monstrous but turn out to be better than their appearance. This idea is seen in the three novels read in Literature of the Fantastic: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, and The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. All these works show how monsters, non-humans, and humans are closer than one might think and through such comment on human nature.
Frankenstein's monster is a good starting point to examine this theme. While made from human parts and therefore arguably human he is t