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Which passage from Frankenstein best illustrates the theme of losing humanity to science and technology?

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By the end of the novel, both Victor Frankenstein and his creature have been destroyed by their desire for revenge.  Victor has sought to avenge the deaths of all his loved ones -- William, Justine, Henry, Elizabeth, and Clerval -- and it has completely and utterly wasted him, physically.  On his deathbed, he asks Captain Walton to swear that he will not let the monster live, "'that [Walton] will [...] satisfy [Victor's] vengeance in [the monster's] death.'"  He begs Walton not to listen to the creature but to "'call on the manes of William, Justine, Clerval, Elizabeth, [Victor's] father, and the wretched Victor, and thrust [his] sword into [the monster's] heart.'"  Victor declares that he will "'hover near" and help to aim Walton's sword.  His desire for revenge surpasses even his desire to remain alive; Victor has given up on his own life and only cares about his revenge now: such is the destructive power of revenge.

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