Why does Victor believe he has survived thus far? What is ironic about the fact that he lives?

Chapters 21-22

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Victor longs for death, and finds his ability to survive such an epidemic of tragedies bitterly ironic. He thinks his survival is a penance for his horrid creation. He concludes that he was, after all, "doomed to live." Death would be too easy for Victor. He is doomed to suffer in life.