How does the creature describe his soul?Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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As the creature continues to relate his own history to Victor Frankenstein, he explains how he has learned to speak and to read.  Greatly influenced by the works that he has read, the creature especially alludes to John Milton's Paradise Lost, with which he has identified himself.  In Chapter 15, the creature tells Victor that he has felt like Adam, who was united to no other being in existence.  However, Adam had been created perfectly by God and was allowed communion with other beings while he remained alone and helpless. And, after having read the papers of Victor in which he has recorded the hideous details of his monster, the creature feels even more "solitary and abhorred," believing himself "a wretched outcast." But, upon reconsideration of his condition, the creature amends his comparison to Adam, saying,

"Many times I considered Satan as the fitter emblem of my condition; for often, like him, when I viewed the bliss of my protectors the bitter gall of envy rose within me."

However, even Satan, he continues, had his companions in Hell.

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