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In Frankenstein what university does Victor attend?

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Posted May 10, 2010 at 12:15 AM via web

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In Frankenstein what university does Victor attend?

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Posted May 10, 2010 at 12:24 AM (Answer #1)

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein attends the University of Ingolstadt in Germany, where he, under professor M. Waldman, studies the sciences interrelated to creating his Monster: biology, electricity, Galvinism, pseudo-genetic engineering, and early genetics.

At the beginning of Chapter 3, Victor begins the frame story, narrating thusly:

When I had attained the age of seventeen, my parents resolved that I should become a student at the university of Ingolstadt. I had hitherto attended the schools of Geneva; but my father thought it necessary, for the completion of my education, that I should be made acquainted with other customs than those of my native country. My departure was therefore fixed at an early date; but before the day resolved upon could arrive, the first misfortune of my life occurred--an omen, as it were, of my future misery.

He leaves Geneva and arrives at the University of Ingolstadt in 1788.  Four years later, in the Spring of 1792, after four years of study, Victor discovers the secret to animating life.

After the creature is "born," Victor's friend Henry Clerval will rescue Victor from Ingolstadt and nurse him back to health in Geneva.

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