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The answer to this can be found in Chapter 22.
First, you need to remember that the creature has told Victor that he will be with Victor on Victor's wedding night. Victor is now terrified that the creature will come back and do something to him or do Elizabeth.
Victor acts in two different ways because of this. First, he tries to act all happy so that no one will know that he is afraid. You can see this in the following quote:
...I felt my heart sink within me. But I concealed my feelings by an appearance of hilarity that brought smiles and joy to the countenance of my father, but hardly deceived the ever-watchful and nicer eye of Elizabeth.
But then Victor arms himself with a gun and knives. This makes him feel more secure and so he starts acting a lot more like he normally would.
I carried pistols and a dagger constantly about me and was ever on the watch to prevent artifice, and by these means gained a greater degree of tranquillity.
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