In Frankenstein, what are some examples of monsters that are inside of Victor?My thesis for my Frankenstein paper is: "Without understanding, the monsters within ourselves, become real, and...

In Frankenstein, what are some examples of monsters that are inside of Victor?

My thesis for my Frankenstein paper is:

"Without understanding, the monsters within ourselves, become real, and ultimately are what destroy us." I think that Victor's mental instability, and his judgmental attitude are some big ones.

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This is a very interesting question, and I like the way you have already considered how to approach it. I think this is going to be a very interesting essay and I wish I was the one to mark it! Anyway, to help you develop your essay somewhat, I think one of the biggest elements that you have not mentioned yet is the way that Victor's passion and obsession with his work actually becomes something that could be described as an "inner-monster." Let us remind ourselves of the way that his fascination and single-minded focus on his task of trying to create life actually causes him to forget about some of the other responsibilities he has in life, such as his role as son and lover. Note the way that Victor talks about his own obsession and how it had consumed his life for so long, resulting in much pain and disquiet on behalf of his friends and relatives:

I had worked hard for nearly two years for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation...

Note the way that Victor himself is able to question his "ardour" for knowledge, and recognises the cost of his obsession. This woud be another inner monster that you could refer to in your paper and of course finds a parallel in the single-minded focus of Walton and the way that he has sacrificed so much to pursue his objective.

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