What are some quotes, from Frankenstein, which refer to Victor ignoring his social life and health during the creation of his monster?  

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many quotes, from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which denote Victor's ignoring of both his health and social life.
All of the following quotes are taken from chapter five of the novel.

Coincidentally, Victor openly recognizes that he forgets to take care of himself and communicate with his family. In the beginning of the chapter, Victor states that he had been working such long hours that daylight would break while he was in the midst of his studies.

Soon [it] became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory.

At one point, Victor did have thoughts about returning to his friends and family. Unfortunately for both Victor and his family, he is, once again, far to consumed by his experiments and thoughts to return home or communicate with his family. While Victor admits to thinking about returning to his family, his experiments do not allow him to do so.

I thought of returning to my friends and my native town.

Later, Victor admits the toll his experiments had taken on his body and health. Not only had he worked himself to exhaustion, his body also paid the price for his endless work.

After days and nights of incredible labour and fatigue... My cheek had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with confinement.

Still on his mind, during his recollection of his tale, Victor realizes that he had forgotten his friends and family given his obsession with reanimating life.

And the same feelings which made me neglect the scenes around me caused me also to forget those friends who were so many miles absent, and whom I had not seen for so long a time.

Over the course of the novel, Victor becomes ill many, many times. His success has forced a being which will hurl Victor into sickness after sickness (typically brought on by the creature's murder of Victor's brother, William, and his best friend, Clerval). Essentially, Victor's obsession with both science and reanimating life forces him to never be the same; he is ridden with weakness and illness from the initial moments he began his experiment.

jameadows eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In Chapter 4, as Victor Frankenstein dedicates himself to constructing his monster, he is so single-minded in his pursuit that he ignores everything around him—nature, family, and friends. During a glorious summer that Frankenstein largely ignores, he thinks of his father, who has asked Frankenstein to write to him regularly. Frankenstein thinks:

"I knew well therefore what would be my father’s feelings, but I could not tear my thoughts from my employment, loathsome in itself, but which had taken an irresistible hold of my imagination. I wished, as it were, to procrastinate all that related to my feelings of affection until the great object, which swallowed up every habit of my nature, should be completed."

Though he knows his father will be upset that he isn't writing to him, Frankenstein cannot tear himself away from his work, even though he finds it wearying. He puts aside all affection for his father until he can complete his work, suggesting that Frankenstein has become unnatural and unaffectionate when taken over by the desire to create the monster.

Later, Frankenstein writes:

"Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime."

While working on creating the monster, Frankenstein becomes sick in mind and body. He is plagued by a fever, and he becomes afflicted by a nervous type of guilt, showing that his work has made him feeble and ill. His work is corrupting his body and mind.

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