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What emotion does Victor Frankenstein display in Chapter 1?

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This is the very beginning of Victor's story and he really does start at the beginning, his birth. Nothing bad happens in this first chapter and, although he is simply recounting events, he is recounting happy events. One could make the argument he is feeling nostalgic.

When someone is feeling nostalgic, he or she is:

"experiencing or exhibiting nostalgia, a sentimental or wistful yearning for the happiness felt in a former place, time, or situation."

So what might he feel sentimental about?

  • He had a good upbringing. He describes his parents as incredibly affectionate and loving.
  • His family adopts Elizabeth. Victor is very close to her throughout his childhood, as they "were brought up together" and he goes on to fall in love with her later in the novel.

Each of these memories are of better times and only positive.

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