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What does Victor Frankenstein’s relationship with Elizabeth tell you about his values...

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marisgirl | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 12, 2009 at 7:16 AM via web

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What does Victor Frankenstein’s relationship with Elizabeth tell you about his values and personality, in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?


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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 12, 2009 at 10:52 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor says he loves Elizabeth. They have been sweethearts since childhood. However, when he leaves to the University of Ingolstadt and makes his monster, he totally cuts off contact with "the woman he loves." Of course, Victor also cuts off contact with the rest of his family and his best friend, Clerval. He loses so much contact that Elizabeth writes him, asking if he has found another love. This shows how self-absorbed and obsessed Frankenstein is. When he finally marries Elizabeth, he knows the monster has promised to be with him "on his wedding day" but he foolishly leaves her alone while he checks out the downstairs of their honeymoon lodge. Thus, he does not seem to be a very clever or thoughtful lover and Elizabeth is the one who suffers from his lack of total commitment.

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mlsldy3 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted November 26, 2014 at 5:53 PM (Answer #3)

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Victor Frankenstein was a multi-dimensional character. We see that he is obsessed with death and the reanimation of human life. This whole obsession rules his life. Being married to Elizabeth can actually been seen as the human side of Victor. The way Victor describes Elizabeth, shows us that he has real feeling for her, although he leaves her at many times.

"She was docile and good tempered, yet gay and playful as a summer insect. Although she was lively and animated, her feelings were strong and deep, and her disposition uncommonly affectionate. No one could better enjoy liberty, yet no one could submit with more grace than she did to constraint and caprice. Her imagination was luxuriant, yet her capability of application was great. Her person was the image of her mind: her hazel eyes, although as lively as a bird's possessed an attractive softness. Her figure was light and airy: and though capable of enduring great fatigue, she appeared the most fragile creature in the world. While I admired her understanding and fancy I loved to tend on her, as I should on a favorite animal; and I never saw so much grace both of a person and mind united to so little pretension."

Although Victor may have loved Elizabeth, his love seems to come more after her death. His obsessions ruled his life and in the end, cost him his wife's life. 


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edapooh | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted February 3, 2009 at 9:08 AM (Answer #2)

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Elizabeth was a foster sister to victor, as they got older they relationship became more serious than what they were at first. victor had strong feelings for elizabeth, he then asked her to marry him.

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