failures is overshadowed by the inspiring hope that he has for “the next day or the next hour.” When one can visualize Victor two inches from his finish line, on the “brink of certainty” with his fingers outstretched to the dark and ill-boding ribbon awaiting him, his characterization as an indomitable man becomes second nature to the reader. It is phrases like “[he] clung to hope” that define Victor’s dedication in a positive manner early on in the novel. Shelley’s diction adds to the characterization of Victor, who through his work on the creature becomes “pale with study, and . . . emaciated with confinement” (Chapter IV). The parallel style in describing the physique of Victor during his work on the creature perfectly exhibits his exhaustion, emphasizing that despite the fatigue, he carries on his work to completion. This again characterizes this early Victor in the story as one who has more than a glimmer of hope and strength in his eyes. In his youth, the personified demon of discontent never “visited [Victor’s] mind,” but when this affliction troubles him in adulthood, the “sight of what is beautiful in nature” as well as the sciences “interest [his] heart , and communicate elasticity to [his] spirits” (Chapter XIX). This precise description uses such eloquence, as with the “communication of elasticity” to Victor’s spirits that Victor’s characterization is clear. The depiction of him proves that he is still civilized, in love with the tranquility of nature, as well as intrigued by the progress of science. Victor is clearly expressed early on through diction and mood as a lovable character with valuable hopes and goals and a strong mindset to guide them; therefore, one must ask, “When does he turn into the wicked fiend described earlier?” 2
Jamal The gleaming eyes of Victor quickly turn sickly after the deaths of the members of
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