The Downfall of Victor Frankenstein
He was cared for and loved by his parents, as Is shown when he says “They seemed to draw Inexhaustible stores of affection from a very mine of love to bestow upon me” (Shelley 22). Victor also lived comfortably and without poverty, his parents even so much as taking In another child. With Elizabeth now In the family, he also learned about morals and responsibility, as shown when he states, “l, with childish seriousness. Interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine – mine to protect, eve, and cherish” (Shelley 23) Victor was adequately raised with the right morals and an understanding of responsibility.
Victor Frankincense’s sudden deterioration of character begins as his mother’s health fades away and when he begins attending the university of Magnolias. It is proved that his mental state is unbalanced when he states, “My internal being was in a state of insurrection and turmoil” (Shelley 36). As his mental health becomes unstable, he then becomes obsessed with science, making it his highest priority, even above his own health and family. Victor then suddenly became consumed with the concept of creating life artificially, and of the elixir of life.
Although Victor does succeed in his dream of creating life, he is soon horrified at the sight of what he has created. He is not proud of the Creature, but disgusted at the sight of it, stating, “the beauty of the dream had vanished, and breathless horror and disgust filled my heart” (Shelley 57) Victor abandons his creation and leaving it to fend for itself, indirectly causing the murders of loved ones n account of his own shallowness, selfishness, vanity, and disregard of moral responsibility.
As the novel progresses, Victor becomes concerned only for his well- being, and does not hide his contempt for the Creature. Both Victor’s self-serving attitude and ego shines through when he Is more concerned for his own life, than the life of Justice’s, when he condescendingly states, “… I have confessed myself guilty of the crimes ascribed to Justine, but such a declaration would have been considered he ravings of a madman” (Shelley 66) Victor also shows no consideration In holding his contempt for the Creature, and the Creature becomes painfully aware of his creator’s feelings towards him.