The Life of Victor Frankenstein

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Frankenstein is a novel of a man who was born in Geneva to a very well-known family. At a young age, Frankenstein’s parents took in his close childhood friend, Elizabeth to live with them. This came about when Elizabeth’s mother passed away. Frankenstein’s mother had decided while on her death bed that Elizabeth and Frankenstein should marry. It would seem that his life was laid out for him.

As a teenager, Frankenstein becomes interested in the study of the natural world. This intense interest is peaked when Frankenstein witnesses the damage to a tree after it if struck by lightning during a storm. The process of electricity is then explained to Frankenstein by a family friend who at the time was a natural philosopher.

When Victor Frankenstein is 17 years old he leaves his family and life to attend the university at Ingolstadt. There victor meets with a professor of natural philosophy, M. Krempe who tells Victor to pick another field. Disillusioned by the conversation with this professor, Victor turned to the study of science. Victor became so involved in his studies that he began to neglect his family in Geneva, his friends at school and his health. As stated in the “My Hideous Progeny: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” Victor’s “interest quickly turned into an obsession: he is completely dedicated to learning the secrets of heaven and earth.”

It is at this point that Victor realizes that he would like to see if he could make some new discoveries about the human body that no one else had yet to discover. Could you take the flesh or body parts of dead bodies and make a new body? This seemed to consume Victor to the point that he began to collect body parts to make what he hoped to be a new creation. Once he had the body of his new creation built it was time to bring life to his creation. With the knowledge of the electricity, Victor was able to bring the new creation to life.

Even though Victor Frankenstein spent several years building his creation, the...
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