Could you help me to find quotes that prove Victor's mental instability when creating his creature in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. I need quotes that prove Victor's mental instability when he was working on his creature and right before it came to life. 

Expert Answers

An illustration of the letter 'A' in a speech bubbles

Chapters IV and V of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, focus on Victor's creation of the monster, as well as on Victor's overall state of mind as a result of his obsession with infusing this body that he has created out of dead body parts, with life. The reader can witness, from Victor's own words, that he was indeed what he calls "a different man" during this avid time where his ambition and obsession seem to have taken the best of him.

First, in chapter IV, Victor explains how his obsession begins by saying that, at first, he absorbed the teachings with the same interest as any other student. However, he also says that slowly his ambition

gained strength as I proceeded, and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory.

This is the first instance of Victor's slowly-growing mental instability. He continues further one stating the fervor that was born out of this desire to give life. Even Victor, who is speaking in...

(The entire section contains 565 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now

Start your 48-hour free trial to unlock this answer and thousands more. Enjoy eNotes ad-free and cancel anytime.

Start your 48-Hour Free Trial
Approved by eNotes Editorial Team

Posted on