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my enemy

Here Victor has not only demonized his Creature but has cast him in an adversarial role, not acknowledging at this point that hatred can be as powerful a passion as love and that antagonism can define a relationship with as enduring bonds as those produced through affection. That this most distant of objectified namings coincides with an almost hysterical sense of relief, indeed of liberation, for Victor suggests the subtlety of Mary Shelley's psychological understanding. This is a moment of major moral significance for the development of the novel.