How did Victor's personality change while he was working on the monster?

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favoritethings eNotes educator| Certified Educator

During the time that he works on his creature, Victor says that his "cheek had grown pale with study, and [his] person had become emaciated with confinement." He rarely went out or participated in anything aside from his work. He clung to hope, even in the face of failure and "with unrelaxed and breathless eagerness, [he] pursued nature to her hiding-places." He claims that "a resistless and almost frantic impulse urged [him] forward," and he feels that he lost "all soul or sensation" except for the one goal: making his creature. Victor calls the attitude with which he worked a "passionate trance." In other words, the only thing he really cared about was working on his experiment, and his personality changed along with his physicality. Victor was unaware of the lovely summer season, as his focus was so singular and restricted. He neglected his own health, his friends and family, everything except for his one goal. He becomes very isolated, very focused (and not in a good way), and he fails to be interested in anything but his scientific work.

archteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think the easiest way to answer this question would be to focus on Victor's interactions with other people.  After all, our personalities are often displayed more obviously when we are around others.  How does Victor interact with his family members before he begins to work on his creation?  How good is he about keeping in touch?  How much time/thought does he devote to Elizabeth?  What about Clerval, his best friend?  How much time does he make for Clerval, and what are their interactions like?  Once he begins work on the monster, which of these relationships change, and how?  The changes you see in the relationships will reflect changes in Victor's personality.  Plus, each change will serve as a piece of evidence to support your ultimate answer to the question.

mkcapen1 | Student

Victor, the scientist who creates the monster in Mary Shelley's book "Frankenstein" is a man who enjoys learning.  He goes on a quest for knowledge in creating life.  He is a kind and loving man.  He has a bright future awaiting him.  He is jovial and fresh when he begins his work. He dreams of being able to create the perfect being. His mother's death has affected his need to create a healthy human being. He wants to be able to end disease. 

The being is created but instead of the success that Victor had hoped for, he finds that he has created a sinister being.  He has brought upon the world an evil that he knows is his fault. 

As the story progress Victor undergoes a dramatic transition. His time becomes allotted only for his work.  He shuts himself away in his laboratory and does little else.  He forgoes communication with family and friends.  He is obsessed and driven by the evil that he has brought into his life and weighed down by the knowledge that he has created this problem.  He no longer looks forward to his future and instead begins to regress physically as well as mentally.

In the end of the story Victor dies a peaceful death.  He has done what he could to make things right and put the cycle of life back in order.