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In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein leaves his home to attend school. He begins by listening to lectures of different professors with ideas that are diametrically opposed to one another. One of Victor's favorite instructors is Waldman, who opens a new world of thought to Victor, however in retrospect, Victor recalls that these lectures set him on his path to self-destruction.
Victor studies a great many subjects, including philosophy. Ultimately, he begins to study death as it relates to life and the animation of flesh. He visits charnel-houses, where the dead are kept, and even graveyards. However, to achieve his purpose, he must conduct his experiences with the utmost secrecy: playing "God" is not a welcomed activity at the university.
Victor sets up a laboratory of sorts. He lives in a house, and on the top floor of that house, in what he describes as a chamber or a "cell," he keeps his "workshop of filthy creation" which is carefully separated from the rest of the house. It is in this place that he brings the fruits of his labors in gathering materials for his experiments: bones, flesh and body parts.
Also in his work area:
I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.
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