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The guilty are allowed, by human laws, bloody as they may be, to speak in their own defence before they are condemned

Unknowingly yet shrewdly, throughout this speech the Creature touches Victor Frankenstein on his most sensitive moral points. Watching Justine condemned for a crime for which he held himself responsible, Victor was (and continues to be) racked by a sense of injustice. Yet, in condemning the Creature, he is just as guilty of fundamental injustice as had been the Genevan magistracy.