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I almost began to think that I was the monster that he said I was

Here in an essential form is the crux of the similarity being subtly drawn between the conditions of Justine and the Creature. Not only has society cast her off as "guilty," but it has reinforced its verdict by classifying her as alien, beyond a human pale: thus, a "monster." Yet, since individual identity is itself so deeply subject to social construction, to find oneself termed alien is to undergo an immediate process of self-alienation. We will witness the same process as the driving force in the Creature's education as the next volume unfolds.