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the voice of conscience

Walton reveals just how much he has learned from listening to Victor's narration, which is to say, how much we have likewise learned from reading the novel. Confronting the Creature with a stern morality but also with compassion, Walton attributes fundamental human characteristics to him, insisting on his humanity and thus on his obligations as a human being. The Creature responds in kind, enumerating even more complexly shaded human attributes as fundamental to his constitution. This process of dynamic self-examination through human interchange may also be seen as a new element in his experience, eliciting a sense of self not as an alienated, and therefore unique and unaccountable, being, but as a sharer in emotions and social duties common to the human race.