What Goes on in Victor’s Head?



After reading the first eight chapters of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein you no doubt wondered, what the heck is wrong with Victor?  is he mentally unstable?  I would argue that he is because he does some questionable things throughout the first portion of the novel.  He wanted to accomplish the impossible, and create life out of death, but why?  He clearly doesn’t want fame because he decides to keep his creation a secret.  Victor is even afraid of the thing he created, so why did he do it to begin with?  I don’t really understand Victor’s thought process in these chapters, after he created his creature he was filled with horror and disgust (Shelly 59).  up until this point in the novel Victor worked so hard and dreamed of the day that he would accomplish this feat, so why the change of heart?  I want to believe that he realized what he had done was wrong, but that is not the case.  The more likely case is that he is scared for his reputation and what people would think of him if they found out.

At this point in the story I don’t think Victor has any sort of kindness or sanity in him.  If Victor was a good person he would have told someone about this “creation” rather than letting it roam free with no guidance.  I believe that keeping a dark secret like that from the world is bound to backfire, and guess what?  It did.  “Nothing of human shape could have destroyed that fair child.  he was the murderer!” furthers my point that this dark secret was a bad one to keep (Shelley 79).  This is Victor’s thoughts to himself as he sees his creation that just killed his brother, and he doesn’t do a thing about it!  I’m almost certain that Victor has little care for anything but himself, because if I SAW the murderer of my brother I would definitely do SOMETHING.  If I were Victor, I would make the complete opposite decisions he makes throughout these chapters, because in my opinion most of them are blatantly dumb.  Yet another example would be during Justine’s trial, where Victor still chooses to not speak out even when there’s a chance people will believe him (Shelly 89).

So, Victor makes all these interesting choices that I’m sure most people would not make, and I am wondering if he will continue to make these choices. What do you think? Will Victor make things better, or worse?  Does this blog change your thoughts on the novel? Let me Know!


Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein. Signet Books, 1994.

Vovseriozku, Nevosprinimalkin. “Mental Illness.” Mental Illness Brain, 1 Jan. 1970, mentalillness.blago.blogspot.ca/2015/06/mental-illness-brain.html

Tyler Halbert

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