are you French
In ordinary circumstances this would not seem so absurd a question. The fact that the Creature lacks a national identity, however, throws into relief how deeply embedded are national prejudices even among the enlightened. We have already witnessed in the French reaction to Safie's father (II:6:3) and in his abuse of Felix's kindness (II:6:12) how mean-spiritedness is served by national identity. Part of Volney's aim in Les Ruines is to eradicate such defining ideological concepts. That the Creature is thus born without them indicates his superiority and, ironically, is a further example of how he does not fit into normative human society.