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the mechanical impulse

A reader can empathize with the sense of relief with which Victor sheds his anxious, nervous state of mind in favor of a dogged determination. But the particular language Mary Shelley uses here indicates that it is also a dogged determinism. In ridding himself of anxiety and a sense of personal responsibility, Victor would seem to give up his last shreds of humanity, transforming himself into a mere machinery of destruction, an armament of war.