The passage on 108-109 shows a step towards the creature’s transformation from subaltern to oppressor. When the creature overhears Felix’s education of Safie, he is also subjected to this pro-colonial education. In this education, he ends up thinking like a colonizer, which marks his rampage later in the book with an air of neocolonialism.

Felix’s choice of volume is the first instance colonial mockery, picked because its “style was framed in imitation of the eastern authors” (108).  Because of the nature of the information in the book, this mimicry is not as much a positive example of hybridity as it is another example of the colonizer forcing their ideas upon the colonized (this time, through the voice of the colonized). In this book, the creature learns of “stupendous genius” of Greeks and “wonderful virtues” of the Romans, but learns of Asian peoples as “slothful” and Native Americans as “hapless” (108- 109).

The first few descriptions are obvious examples of pro-colonial attitudes forcing unwanted negative traits onto the colonized cultures as stereotypes, but the last description is a little less immediately pro-colonial. Specifically, the creature’s reaction to this information causes some inconsistency in this passage. He “[weeps] with Safie” over the fate of the colonized Native Americans, which shows his connection to both Safie and the Native Americans as a fellow subaltern (maybe not a female subaltern, but just another member of the oppressed). Yet, the creature himself describes their fate as “hapless”: a word that implies bumbling and inevitability. Though he may be weeping at a fellow subaltern’s fate, he recognizes this fate as inevitable, thus propping up and accepting colonial discourse.

Another word in the passage must be addressed. Though the creature admits that the history gained was “cursory,” he also says the information gives him “an insight into the manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth” (108). This, combined with his own descriptions of the cultures, shows that he has accepted this colonial logic: for when he tells of  hearing about the “slothful Asiatics,” those are still his own words and ideas being expressed.

In this passage, the subaltern is first shaped by colonial forces. This eventually pollutes the subaltern, believing their own colonization to be an inevitability. So, the creature’s transformation from oppressed to oppressor of subalterns (i.e. Justine) can be read as an instance of neocolonialism caused by the pollution of colonial discourse.

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