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I had no right to claim their sympathies

Given the novel's insistence on sympathy as an essential moral attribute of an individual human being and a just society, Victor's drawing away so wholly from normative family intercourse is an alarming event. That he is scarcely able to speak to his family suggests a psychological condition that in modern parlance would seem to border on psychosis. It is ironic that the Creature's passionate demand for an end to his solitude should result in Victor's own recoil into a solitude almost as utter and just as fraught with danger to himself and to others.