Week 3 Questions

1. In this part of the book, we see that Victor hasn't returned to his hometown Geneva in two years due to his commitments to science and his new venue of scientific experimentation, which is creating life from death and reanimating a dead body. In the text victor says that his reasons for not visiting Geneva were because he "was engaged, heart and soul, in the pursuit of some discoveries". This tells us that he committed his everything to science and was determined to impact science in some sort of way, even if it meant sacrificing some things such as seeing his family and his friends.

2. When Frankenstein warns Walton and says " how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believe his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature allows" Here victor is using himself as an example and his reference to a person's native down shows that he would've been much happier if he believed Geneva to be the world and accepted his own limitations rather than aspiring to become greater than his nature by looking deeper into the reasons behind life and death as well as reanimating a dead body. What victor is saying here is that knowledge can sometimes do more harm than good and those who look far beyond their own capabilities can cause catastrophic problems. This links to Prometheus because his stole the fire from the gods and therefore tried to be more than what his nature allowed him to be, resulting him being punished by Zeus. This emphasizes that those who try to carry out acts that are not in their nature, but in the nature of god will suffer consequences.

3. Through the quote " a new species would bless me as its creator and source", it is suggests that Victor is trying to undertake the role of women by creating ‘a new species' and could possibly feel that his creation will rely on him the way a child does to its mother. Also Victor could possibly be predicting that his creation will look up to him the way people do to god because he is mans ‘creator and source' the way Frankenstein would be the ‘creator and source' to his creation.

4. When Frankenstein's creature finally comes to life, he is disgusted by what he sees saying that "the beauty of the dream vanished, and a breathless horror and disgust filled my heart". This shows that an idea which once filled his heart with joy was now gone and he was now disappointed at what he created. In addition to this it states that he "threw" himself on his bed, the use of this word suggests that Victor feels worthless now the realization that is two years have gone to waste on a creation that he refuses to accept. As a result of this he attempts to live a normal life by abandoning the monster and refusing to care, shelter or provide it food or love.

5. In Frankenstein dream Victor quotes "as I imprinted the first kiss on her lips, they became livid with the hue of death". Here it suggests that after seeing what he has created, Frankenstein sees himself as the ‘destroyer' of his loved ones, this related to the monster because it is something that he once loved. This could possibly foreshadow that anything Frankenstein comes in contact with will end up being catastrophic or something negative.

6. When Frankenstein falls ill, his friend Clerval is the one who looks after him, this is ironic because no one is looking after the creature yet the creature is the one who would usually need to be taken care of as it has just been brought to life and should be the one that is scared of its surroundings. However Frankenstein takes up this role of the more vulnerable and scared character who needs to be cared for.

7. In Elizabeth's letter she speaks of news about the family and the Frankenstein's housekeeper, Justine Maritz. She also writes to see how Victor is doing and is therefore presented as a caring but concerned family member. In