What events in Victor Frankenstein's life lead up to the creation of the monster from the time he begins studying natural science?Why is Victor Frankenstein compelled to create "the...

What events in Victor Frankenstein's life lead up to the creation of the monster from the time he begins studying natural science?

Why is Victor Frankenstein compelled to create "the monster" as part of his education or life experience?

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Victor begins studying natural science in order to find the elixir of life and banish disease from mankind. The death of Victor's mother from disease only heightens Victor's resolve. At first, Victor has contempt for modern natural philosophy and prefers the older studies which sought ways for man to become immortal. In order to gain more knowledge, Victor travels to university where a lecture by M. Waldman changes Victor's mind about old scientists and he realizes that science offers him limitless learning. However, Victor's obsession with books and the practice of observing decaying corpses deviates from modern scientific practices. At the university, he can isolate himself away from human contact and try to create a creature that will revere him. His isolation from human contact prevents others from intervening and, filled with hubris (pride), Victor is able to create a new life form that will eventually destroy him.

pippin1313 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Victor's interest in natural science begins at an early age when he shows a fascination for alchemy. He leaves for Ingolstadt after his mother dies from scarlet fever.

At Ingolstadt, Victor is encourages by his chemistry professor in his pursuits of natural science. Victor then completely ignores his family and friends and their letters start to express their distress at this. The reader sees how single minded Victor is in his desire to create a creature like himself. To this end he begins visiting morgues and dissecting rooms in order to gather body parts. Throughout this time, Victor tells us about how his health begins to decline as he sinks into exhaustion.

The story then tells us that Victor animates his creature on a "dreary night in November..."

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