How Weather Plays a Role in Frankenstein

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The Role Weather Plays in Frankenstein How does weather affect the mood of the book Frankenstein? When Victor, the main character, was young he watched a thunderstorm one night which got him in interested in natural philosophies. In turn, this is how he eventually started the monster’s heart. Also, Shelley describes the weather to reflect Victor’s mood. Victor was always curious about nature and life and this is how he becomes interested in electricity. “I remained while the storm lasted, watching its progress with curiosity and delight.” (Shelley, page 36). It was this night that got Victor thinking about electricity and eventually about creating life with it. Now, we save people all the time with electricity— restarting their hearts— but in the 1700s, it was unheard of. Victor’s curiosity led him to creating the monster. There weren’t many people who accepted the idea of galvanism and things of the like in Frankenstein’s day. “On this occasion a man of great research in natural philosophy was with us, and, excited by this catastrophe, he entered on the explanation of a theory which he had formed on the subject of electricity and galvanism.” (Shelley, page 37). This quote illustrates that Victor is becoming more involved and studying more about creating life. I can’t imagine being seventeen or eighteen and thinking about how to bring something you have created from the dead. Some things weren’t as socially acceptable in the 1700s, like the teenager creating life or the electrical heart stimulation. Now, these things aren’t as taboo as they once were. Why does Shelley let the weather reflect Victor’s moods in Frankenstein? When the creature was telling Victor about his life and asking for a female counterpart, it was cold outside and the subject was a little cold and harsh as well. After William died, Victor took a trip into the mountains where the weather
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