Victor's obsession with natural science results in two years passing with no visits home. How would you evaluate his character at this point?

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Victor’s obsessive pursuit of mastery of the natural sciences causes him to withdraw from both the social and physical worlds. Although Victor’s focus is on the passion and the emotions that he felt while unraveling the mysteries of life itself, there is something sickly about this process. He refers repeatedly to his “ardour,” a term that has some irony: although Victor means it positively in the sense of passion, it takes on a feverish quality in Victor’s account.

His sentences are long and twisted with punctuation, and we learn that his “cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with confinement.” As Victor comes closer and closer to mastering life, we see him in a sickly form that is reminiscent of Elizabeth and his mother in chapter three. This behavior anticipates the feverish qualities that are to come when Victor does create the monster . But they also emphasize the self-destructive and unnatural nature of his pursuit of knowledge. Although...

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