Victor Frankenstein begins to talk about himself and his attitude toward study and learning in chapter 2. He contrasts himself with Elizabeth, noting that she was interested in poetry and the beautiful landscape that surrounded their home, while he proclaims "the world was to me a secret which I desired to divine."
Dr. Frankenstein puts a finer point on what interests him and what doesn't. He is indifferent about language, government, and politics. He declares himself passionate about the physical and metaphysical "secrets of the world." He explores what he wants to know through reading, first Agrippa, then Paracelsus and Magnus. He becomes an acute observer of nature and becomes fascinated with the power of electricity after witnessing a formidable lightning strike.
At seventeen (in chapter 3), it is decided that Frankenstein will leave Geneva and study in Ingolstadt. There, Frankenstein hears a lecture by M. Waldman that inspires him to delve more deeply into chemistry, natural...
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