Quotes: “As I applied so closely, it may be easily conceived that my progress was rapid. My ardour was indeed the astonishment of the students, and my proficiency that of the masters” (Shelley 4)
“ Until from the midst of this darkness a sudden light broke in upon me—a light so brilliant and wondrous, yet so simple” (Shelley 4).
“ I resolved, contrary to my first intention, to make the being of a gigantic stature, that is to say, about eight feet in height, and proportionably large. After having formed this determination and having spent some months in successfully collecting and arranging my materials, I began” (Shelley 4).
“ Every night I was oppressed by a slow fever, and I became nervous to a most painful degree; the fall of a leaf startled me, and I shunned my fellow creatures as if I had been guilty of a crime” (Shelley 4).
Victor throws himself into the world of natural philosophy, chemistry, and anatomy, inspired by M. Waldman. He was curious about how life truly worked.
Victor toils with his studies until he discovers something extraordinary. He does not say what he discovers, only that he figured out how to create life.
With the thrill of his discovery, Victor starts to build a creature in which he can imbue life. He decides to make it 8 feet so it is easier to work with.
Victor is consumed by his own zeal towards making his creation. He digs up rotting corpses to find parts for his creation, and he gets very pale and sickly. His hygiene starts deteriorating.
As Victor's creation progresses, Victor's hygiene gets worse. He never goes outside except to acquire dead limbs, and he doesn't appreciate nature like he used to. He doesn't return his family's letters, which makes them concerned for him.
During the final days of his experiment, Victor starts to finally see what he has done. He starts to get paranoid and very anxious, and every night he gets sick, partly because of his bad hygiene, and partly at the repulsiveness of the monster he made.