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the peasant

The powerless of this unlanded peasant before the forces of state power probably reflects the devastation of Europe during the last phase of the Napoleonic Wars. However self-serving or self-pitying we may find Victor's comparison, its political edge is unmistakable and is perhaps intended by Mary Shelley, like other incidental political observations in the novel, to insinuate a viewpoint that could not be explicitly stated in the political climate of England in 1818.