Is Victor Frankenstein a victim of circumstance, or is he responsible for his own destruction. In the early pages of the book, Victor already tells Walton and the reader that he is enticed by world and won’t give up on his dream of being successful in science, “The world was to me a secret, which I desired to discover” (Volume 1 Chapter 1 pg.20). Victor explains to Walton how he enjoyed the recollections of his childhood before hardship had soiled his mentality; he altered his future because of his obsession with Natural Philosophy, which would later lead from obsession to repugnance and the reader gets a sense of this as he narrates in and out of his story with little bits and pieces of negative words like his “misery”, or his “fate”. “If… instead of this remark, my father had taken the pains to explain to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely exploded… I should certainly have thrown Agrippa aside” (Volume 1 Chapter 1 pg.21). Here Victor explains to Walton that if only his father hadn’t neglected more details, that may have lead him to apply his knowledge to something based on reason, maybe if Victor did not spend all of his time reading theories that were aged he would have been more successful in another field of chemistry. Victor seems to be a victim of circumstance in the early stages of his story; his father wanted him to pursue his passion for philosophy and he was determined to do so. Victors’ arrival at college was not as easy as you would imagine and with the knowledge he had acquired from his studies of “useless names” according to M Krempe, he would have to throw out all of which he had once grown to love. It was either destiny or misfortune that came across his path when M Waldman told Victor that he was happy “to have gained a disciple; and if your application becomes equals your ability, I have no doubt in your success” (Volume 1
Chapter 3 page 29)… If only he knew what his “disciple” was going to commit to over the next two years. When your mind is powerful and your will is strong and you set your sights on the prize that you want, the goal that you must have, you will stop at nothing to achieve it. It’s sickening to think what the tenure of knowledge can do to someone, especially when you go and dig up graves for body parts of human beings. Here Victor states what its like to acquire such a power; “How dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow” (Volume 1 Chapter 3 page 31). In Mary Shelley’s Monstrous Eve the two authors begin talking about the likeness between Victor and Satan by saying “As his researches into the “secrets of nature” become more feverish, however, and as his ambition “to explore unknown powers” grows more intense, Victor begins metamorphose from Adam To Satan, becoming “as Gods” in his capacity of “bestowing animation upon lifeless matter”, laboring like a guilty artist to complete his false creation (Gilbert and Gubar 231). For someone with a normal mind I don’t believe hanging around in graveyards is particularly something to do in your free time, but for Victor it was his playground. Victor is now on his pathway to destruction and I fear there is no turning back for him, for he is already infatuated by the capacity of giving life. No longer can Victor blame anyone but himself for his reasoning to carryout the plan; “No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success” (Volume 1 Chapter 3 page 32). The metaphor he uses is really powerful, for someone to describe themselves as a hurricane is just Victors way of showing us how persistent he is and how flooded his mind must be right now to feed his hunger for success. With no one around him, no friends, no family and especially no vision on the world you can easily say that...
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