Compare And Contrast Victor Frankenstein

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Although Victor Frankenstein and his creature have obvious differences, they also have similarities. Victor grew up as a rather privileged child. He himself says of his younger years, “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself.”(2:19). He was very loved and says, “My mother's tender caresses and my father's smile of benevolent while regarding me, are some of my first recollections”(Shelly 16). Victor was a very intelligent child and his curiosity fueled his thirst for knowledge. Victor looks back upon his childhood and recalls, “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that [he] discovered to learn; and whether it was an outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied…show more content…
After the death of his mother., Victor becomes obsessed with putting the spark of life into a lifeless being. He shut himself off from the rest of the world and endlessly worked on his creation. Victor says of himself, “two years passed in [that] manner, during which I paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which I hoped to make” (3:29). He also notes his physical appearance at the time and says, “My cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with confinement”(4:32). Creating this life had become his sole obsession and gave purpose to his very existence. Victor even recalls, “I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation but for this one pursuit”(4:33). Upon creating the monster, Victor abandons his creature out of fear, horror, and disgust of the being he created. The creature is brought to life by Victor on a gloomy November night. The first description given of him as a living creature is: “His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath, his hair of a lustrous

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