When Victor made his decisions about reanimating the creature in Frankenstein, what proportions did he decide upon?

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Chapter four, of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, defines Victor's decisions regarding the proportions of his experiment.

Given that Victor has spent almost two years to reanimate life, his obsessive nature is seen through his decisiveness in choosing the parts for his "son." Growing tired of collecting and examining the small parts needed to stitch back together pieces he chose for their beauty (as denoted in chapter five), Victor decides to simplify his task and create a being which is rather large in nature.

Given that a large being will use larger parts than a normal being, Victor decides that to alleviate the "hindrance" to his speed, Victor decides to make a creature around eight feet tall.

As the minuteness of the parts formed a great hindrance to my speed, I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature; that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large.

Therefore, after deciding that small pieces were taking far too long to put together, Victor opted for creating a being far larger than life himself.

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He decided to go with larger proportions, making a very large man.  Dr. Frankenstein reasoned that the larger parts would make construction easier. This is why the monster is described as such a grotesquely large creature.

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