yet another may succeed

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yet another may succeed

Victor's complete self-contradiction in his last moments mirrors the novel's ambivalence over the conflicting claims of domestic retreat and aspiring self-assertion, which are in turn poles that themselves comprise a dialectical field over which Romanticism continually expresses much ambivalence. The particular terms of Victor's last utterance have a somewhat chilling effect: at what, a reader may well wonder, does Victor contemplate another's success? If in the realm in which he has failed, assuming the role of God, we may envision from Victor's experience a greater, even a catastrophic, failure. Even as he moves linguistically to open up possibility, the lingering effects of his example resist his optimism.