..'What was I? Of my creation and creator I was absolutely ignorant, but I knew that I possessed no money, no friends, no kind of property. I was, besides, endued with a figure hideously deformed and loathsome; I was not even of the same nature as man. I was more agile than they and could subsist upon coarser diet; I bore the extremes of heat and cold with less injury to my frame; my stature far exceeded theirs. When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, then, a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled and whom all men disowned?'
I agree; I see literacy operating as a shibboleth that maintains the distinction between subject and object, citizen and savage, ‘modern’ and primitive. As the ‘monster’ learns his letters, he challenges his objectification. This is his quest for authority, for autonomy. With autonomy comes inclusion:The monsters acquisition of language is one of the most interesting scenes in the book.