Shelley shows that nature has a strong effect on Victor's sensitive feelings. For example, when Victor goes to Lausanne, en route to Geneva, his turbulent emotions are soothed by the sight of the placid lake. Victor calls the scene "heavenly." As he arrives closer to Lake Geneva, his feelings become even more heightened. He expects to see in the mood of the lake and Mount Blanc some reflection of his own feelings, asking:
Dear mountains! my own beautiful lake! how do you welcome your wanderer? Your summits are clear; the sky and lake are blue and placid. Is this to prognosticate peace, or to mock at my unhappiness?
He wants to know if the peacefulness of the Alpine setting means he too will find peace or if he will feel alienated and mocked by it.
This tendency of Victor to try to read nature and see his moods reflected in it is called the pathetic fallacy.
A little later, a storm over the lake with flashing lightning seems to reflect his own anguished feelings about the death of William. Victor exclaims that:
this noble war in the sky elevated my spirits; I clasped my hands, and exclaimed aloud, “William, dear angel! this is thy funeral, this thy dirge!”
Victor's intense reactions to the natural world, especially in a place he identifies as home, show him to be a Romantic character. The Romantics had a special sensitivity to nature, in which they believed the divine was revealed.