Against the very mundane cruelty of a miscarriage of human justice,
Victor seems to feel obliged to inflate the terms as a means of assuaging
his guilt. His rhetoric transcendentalizes his Creature, who can thus be
conceived as beyond human suffering, as maliciously sporting with life.
With a nice irony, the Creature will use exactly the same terms on Victor
when they later meet: see 2.2.4 and note.