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In Frankenstein, how does Victor characterize the interests and characters of Clerval, Elizabeth, and himself?

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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor characterizes both Elizabeth and Clerval by contrasting them with himself.

In chapter two, Victor characterizes Elizabeth by setting her against himself.

Elizabeth was of a calmer and more concentrated disposition; but, with all my ardour, I was capable of a more intense application and was more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge.

This shows Elizabeth to be far more concerned with the nature of the world over the science of the world. This idea is supported by the following.

While my companion contemplated with a serious and satisfied spirit the...

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