What defines Victor Frankenstein as a mad scientist? Is it his reasons for creating his monster, his reaction to his monster after it is animated, and his later view of the dangerous pursuit of...

What defines Victor Frankenstein as a mad scientist? Is it his reasons for creating his monster, his reaction to his monster after it is animated, and his later view of the dangerous pursuit of knowledge?

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I would say what defines Victor Frankenstein as a mad scientist is his reasoning behind creating Frankenstein. He embarks on this path from an overwhelming desire not only to create life from inanimate matter, but with the grandiose visions of a madman to be the greatest scientist the world has ever known.

Victor's ambition is kindled when he hears his professor, M. Waldman, talk about the amazing advances in natural science. Victor describes his surge of ambition in terms of a struggle between good and evil. He says,

I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy; one by one the various keys were touched which formed the mechanism of my being; chord after chord was sounded, and soon my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of...

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