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Victor's admission of his arbitrarily foolish decision would be almost comic did it not subsume such tragic consequences. In his very hubris over the "creation of a human being," Victor unthinkingly excludes the being from a humanity that is defined by its dependence on shared characteristics, alienating him in advance through a structural flaw of design. For all his preoccupation with the destiny he thinks controls his own life, Victor seems quite unconscious of how wholly his assumption of the role of God will determine the course of this being's existence.