Victor Frankenstein- Cultural/Physical Elements

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Victor Frankenstein’s Deadly Regret How far would you let your obsession override your life? In Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein was overwhelmed by the knowledge he could learn and how much power knowledge can have. He was so determined to study and understand the ways of life that he decided to experiment and create life himself. But he soon realized that it was a horrible mistake and then expected consequences soon followed. In this novel, cultural and physical elements contributed to Victor’s development from a young and optimistic scientist to an obsessive and mad man, this transition demonstrates the idea that strong desires may lead to unintended or negative consequences. Since the day he witnessed the tree being destroyed from a lightning strike, Victor has been very intrigued about the mechanisms and understanding of the laws of electricity and life itself. “One of the phenomena which had peculiarly attracted [his] attention was the structure if the human frame”. The idea of human life suddenly caught him and he continued to study with his professor, M. Waldman, who sparked Victor’s interest in chemistry. During his stay at the University he did not socialize with other colleges, but he would stay in his dorm for hours learning as much as he can about this world of science he so cared for. His interactions with his family were also affected. “Two years passed in this manner, during which [he] paid no visit to Geneva, but was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries which [he] hope to make” (p. 36). He wouldn’t even visit his own family members because he wants to make new discoveries and share his new knowledge. Physical elements also played a part in the events that took place in Victor’s life. He was infatuated with the understanding of life that he decided to create life of his own; he decided

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