Last Updated on October 26, 2018, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 192
- Where does Victor grow up?
- Who is Beaufort?
- Who is Elizabeth Lavenza?
- Who is Henry Clerval?
- To what does Clerval aspire?
- What does Victor say is the “genius that has regulated [his] fate”?
- What book does Victor discover at the inn?
- What discovery does Victor believe would bring him glory?
- What does Victor witness during the storm at Belrive?
- Why does Victor decide to give up natural philosophy?
- Victor grows up in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Beaufort was a friend of Victor’s father, Alphonse, as well as the father of Victor’s mother, Caroline.
- Elizabeth Lavenza is Victor’s adopted sister, whom he calls his “cousin.”
- Henry Clerval is Victor’s best friend.
- Clerval aspires to be remembered as a brave and adventurous hero whose actions benefit humanity.
- The “genius that has regulated [Victor’s] fate” is natural philosophy.
- Victor discovers a book by Cornelius Agrippa.
- Victor believes discovering the elixir of life would bring him glory.
- Victor witnesses the destruction of an oak tree by lightning.
- Victor decides to give up natural philosophy because he believes it is a “would-be science” through which no real knowledge can ever be achieved.
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