What is the significance of Victor Frankenstein's final words?

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scarletpimpernel eNotes educator| Certified Educator

As Victor lies dying on Walton's ship in the Arctic, he tells Walton that he should

"seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition" (205).

After that statement, he admits that he had not done so in his lifetime but wished that he had accomplished something so that others may succeed.  His words are significance because Victor confesses what his ambition/obsession cost him, but they also demonstrate that even until his dying breath, he is conflicted about his original decision to create life.