“and in the majestic and wondrous scenes which surrounded our Swiss home—the sublime shapes of the mountains, the changes of the seasons, tempest and calm, the silence of winter, and the life and turbulence of our Alpine summers—she found ample scope for admiration and delight. While my companion contemplated with a serious and satisfied spirit the magnificent appearances of things, I delighted in investigating their causes. The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine. Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.”
Victors feelings towards Geneva are contrasting but overall he sees this place, his home, as if it’s a fairy-tale, almost too good to be true. This is shown by when he describes it as “calm, majestic, sublime, wondrous and divine”. However, Victor also sees this place having a lot of chaos and action as he uses the words “tempest” and “turbulence”. Victor must experience a lot in Geneva, his life can feel as if it’s in fast forward.
Through his love for Geneva, his disbelief of how magical nature can be, he wants to discover more. Victor wants to figure out how nature can be as it is. Therefore, his personality switches to his “thirst for knowledge” side because of Geneva but yet, returns here when he gets too caught up in the unnatural experiments. Geneva is the place that Victor connects with, his escape.
The Lab in Ingolstadt
“In a solitary chamber, or rather cell, at the top of the house, and separated from all the other apartments by a gallery and staircase, I kept my workshop of filthy creation; my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment. The dissecting room and the slaughter-house furnished many of my materials; and often did my human nature turn with loathing from my occupation, whilst, still urged on by an eagerness which perpetually increased, I brought my work near to a conclusion.”
Victor realises the place he works in is a very lonely and dark place, excluded from the rest of the world. His work that he’s doing is extreme and inhumane, like a criminal and he’s acting like one, too. He traps himself away in a cell and doesn’t associate with the outside world. Victor describes his creation as “filthy” like an animal locked in a cage. He found that his work was changing him, turning him into the animal and hated that fact, however, he couldn’t stop. His feeling of curiosity still out-weighed, until he finally discovered/created that of interest.
“My strength was gone. I was a mere skeleton, and fever night and day preyed upon my wasted frame. Still, as I urged our leaving Ireland with such inquietude and impatience, my father thought it best to yield. We took our passage on board a vessel bound for Havre-de-Grace and sailed with a fair wind from the Irish shores.”
His body couldn’t bear the torture he went through in Ireland, from the punishment of his wrongs. He was manipulated from other human beings and was less than happy about it, however it was still much less than what he did to the monster. Victors experience in Ireland showed how controlling and disturbing humans can be to each other as Victor was left feeling a “mere skeleton”. Luckily for victor, he got out of there, unlike the monster.