How does Victor's mood change each time the setting changes in "Frankenstein"? I mean how is Victor attitude, health etc. when he goes to Geneva, Ingolstadt, Scottland, etc. I am trying...

How does Victor's mood change each time the setting changes in "Frankenstein"?

I mean how is Victor attitude, health etc. when he goes to Geneva, Ingolstadt, Scottland, etc. I am trying to right and essay and we need a site to reference for our literary element and I am having a hard time finding one for setting.

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Shelley uses the connection with mental and physical health and nature throughout the book.  When Victor is closer to his home and surrounded by the mountains and lakes of his childhood, he is at greater peace than when he is in Ingolstadt or Scotland in the barren surroundings, isolated from nature and those he loves and creating a creature which is an abomination in the eyes of God.  Her point here is that when we neglect nature and neglect those with whom we are connected by love and family duty, we wander in an abyss similar to hell and are more likely to do sinful things.    Two of her main themes in the book are:  We have a duty to care unconditionally for the children we create (which Victor does not do and so therefore he creates much of the strife and discontent in his life), and Humans have no business playing God (which Victor, when isolated from God through nature and family, attempts to do).  She uses the representation of nature and weather to represent not only Victor's physical and mental health, but his relationship with God and where Victor stands with our own creator.

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Susan Woodward | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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Shelley's imagery helps to create the setting.  When the setting is calm and relaxed (while Victor is at home and when he is in the mountains), Victor finds himself mirroring his surroundings.  He, too, is calm and rejeuviinated when he is surrounded by nature, just like the plants and trees themselves.  When he is in his laboratory, the weather is described as dark and dreary, again mirroring Victor's internal conflict.  He struggles to complete his creation, and when he finally does (after two years), he promptly runs out on it.  Storms throughout the novel reflect the inner storms of both Victor and the Creature.  It is fitting that the final battle should take place in the Arctic where it is cold and there is little life sustained. 

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