Where did Victor (in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) obtain the parts for the creature he made?

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Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein depicts the tale of a student of science, Victor Frankenstein, whose obsession with reanimating life forced him to deprive himself of "rest and health." Chapter four of the novel defines where Victor procured the parts needed "to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man."

A churchyard was to me merely the receptacle of bodies deprived of life...and [Victor was] forced to spend days and nights in vaults and charnel-houses.

Essentially, Victor obtained many of the parts for his creation from churchyards. Within the walls of the churchyards, Victor ravaged both vaults and tombs (charnel-houses) to find the pieces he needed.

Initially, Victor scrutinized each and every piece. Soon, growing tired regarding the slow speed the minute pieces forced upon him, Victor began to collect larger pieces to create his being. In the end, Victor's creature came to be an enormous being--about eight feet tall.

Outside of the churchyards, Victor was able to gather pieces needed for his being at "the dissecting room and the slaughter-house."

In the end, Victor's creature was pieced together from the buried, the experimented upon, and the pieces left over from processing factories.

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