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the tortures of hell

As earlier, Victor's histrionic sputtering, even as it testifies at once to the explosion of long repressed emotion and to his incapacity to handle the situation with which he is suddenly confronted, is also revelatory on a conceptual level. His mind is totally bound by the binary opposition of God and Satan in which he assumes not just creative godhead but also the right of judgment and particularly that of damnation, appointing this "fiend" and "devil" to the "tortures of hell."