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my demoniacal design

As "design" had an ambiguous sense in its recent application to Victor (Walton 8 and note), so here the reader is brought short by the Creature's assertion that his series of acts have been freely willed. The very adjective he employs embodies an internalization of Victor's demonization of him. Although he certainly bears responsibility for his acts through an abiding remorse, at the same time we are aware that he has been conditioned into the state of the demonic. To adapt the logic of his own rhetoric, negated as a human being, he has been recreated as a demon by the relentless scapegoating he has suffered.