What role might nature play for Victor in Frankenstein? In regards to the fact that during his summer experiment, Victor admits "his eyes were insensible to the charms of nature."

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Victor's great problem, for which he is punished, is that he wants to control and exercise mastery over nature rather than appreciate it as displaying God's order and glory. Like Prometheus—and the novel is subtitled The Modern Prometheus—Victor wants to take over God's role in the universe and create life out of inanimate objects. As he puts it:

I have always ... been imbued with a fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature.

It is symptomatic of Victor's desire to penetrate nature and his refusal to appreciate God's nature that he shuts himself up in morgues and his tower, working to bring death to life. This task destroys his health, because his ambitions are outside of any alignment with nature. If he had stopped isolating himself, ceased working incessantly, and had instead taken time to enjoy the natural world, he might have cleared his head enough to question his own ambitions.

Instead, he creates a creature who is a hideous contrast (though it has a soul that longs for...

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