Examine the significance of nature in Frankenstein. How does nature affect the state of mind of Victor Frankenstein?

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Shelley's Frankenstein is a work of Romantic fiction, and as many readers know, the Romantic poets hold nature in high regard. They look to nature as a source of comfort, a place of reflection, and an opportunity to ponder the sublime. In these senses, Shelley's protagonist Victor Frankenstein is a "Romantic" in the way he interacts with nature in the novel.

The novel is, of course, about Victor's overly ambitious scientific experiment to make a living being out of dead bodies. However, Shelley also fills her work with descriptive passages about the natural environment. After Victor brings his creature to life and swiftly abandons him, a number of losses and tragedies befall the protagonist. He mentions, though, that

At these moments I took refuge in the most perfect solitude. I passed whole days on the lake alone in a little boat, watching the clouds, and listening to the rippling of the waves, silent and listless. But the fresh air and bring sun seldom failed to restore me to some degree of...

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