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What places does Victor Frankenstein travel to throughout the book?I know Victor goes...

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hanooch | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 3) eNoter

Posted August 30, 2010 at 2:22 AM via web

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What places does Victor Frankenstein travel to throughout the book?

I know Victor goes to Geneva (obviously), Ingolstadt (where is that exactly?), the Alps (French or Swiss?), London, Scotland, and the North Pole, But I'm not sure where Victor goes at other times.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 30, 2010 at 4:03 AM (Answer #1)

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One interesting element to all the places where Victor Frankenstein travels is the frigidity of these places and the whiteness of the settings with the ice and the snow-covered mountains.  Thus, the gothic element for Shelley, unlike the typical dark castles and primieval forests is somewhat like that of the evil in Herman Melville's Moby Dick in which whiteness, the lack of color, indicates a spiritual absence and a preternatural, foreboding presence.

Here are some settings:

  1. The Swiss Alps (He mentions looking at Mont Blanc in the distance; Mt. Blanc is in France)
  2. Ingolstadt, Bavaria (Germany) on the Danube River
  3. London
  4. Scotland
  5. near the North Pole
  6. Strasburgh, France (where Victor waits for Clerval in Chapter 18)
  7. Rotterdam. Netherlands [the largest European port]
  8. Manheim, Germany (Victor and Clerval travel down the Rhine)
  9. Oxford, England
  10. Orkney, Islands off the coast of Scotland
  11. Evian, France

Victor returns with Elizabeth to Geneva, Switzerland, and they stop one night in Evian and then from their boats they see Mont Saleve and Montalegre, and, at a distance Mount Blanc.  After the wedding, they plan to stay at Villa Lavenza on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, so they stay near the Alps.

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