Victor Frankenstein

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Mind Map on Victor Frankenstein, created by kat.mckenzie17 on 03/30/2015.

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Victor Frankenstein
1 Ambitious
1.1 Scientific hubris: wants to defy the laws of nature
1.1.1 Blinded by his passion
1.2 Play God
1.3 AO4: Compare to Prometheus - title 'Frankenstein or The Moden Prometheus'
2 Selfish
2.1 Creates the monster to manipulate life, not learn from the experience
2.1.1 "A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me"
2.2 Completely ignores his family back in Geneva - expects Elizabeth to wait for him (postpones their wedding while he goes to England).
2.3 Once he succeeds in creating the monster, he runs away, claiming he was protecting his own life
2.3.1 This shows how shallow he is "unable to endure the aspect of the being [he] had created"
2.4 AO3: Critic - As Lunsford points out: "Upon discovering the secret to reanimating dead corpses, Victor endeavors to create a being like himself."
2.5 He does not consider how his actions will affect anyone but himself
2.5.1 Wants to destroy the monster to clear his name
3 Isolated
3.1 Victor's downfall is his lack of humaneness
3.1.1 He cuts himself off from society and his family, and then runs away from the only other person he has in his life; his creation
4 Unreliable
4.1 Slow decent into madness: "no one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane"
4.2 He wants the reader to feel the same way he does about the monster
4.2.1 Attempts to manipulate the reader through his use of self-pitying, self-deprecating language: "But I am a blasted tree; the bolt has entered my soul" - but his is not what the monster has done to him, it is what he has done to himself
4.3 It is an epistolary novel - the monster told Victor his story; Victor is now retelling their combined stories to Walton so it is impossible to know the accuracy
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