Victor has his “life’s work,” in which he devotes every waking moment to the creation of “life.” He says all of his interests, once he knew a great deal about science, converged along a singular purpose, and he never deviates from that purpose, even when his experiment goes array. He intends to create an intellectual giant and instead comes up with a dull-headed monster – but even that doesn’t stop him from reanimating the Creature. Victor has had this vision in his head for so long, he can’t turn away from it, even at great personal risk to himself and the danger of the villagers. He has a vast intellect and an arrogant sense of his own prowess, insisting that his tutor “taught me everything he knew” in short order, and that set him upon “the work I had planned for myself.” Victor is highly immoral, but deliberate in all his actions. Once he knows he needs a vastly intellectual brain for his Creature, he invites a famous scientist to the house for dinner and then shoves him over the banister, arranging for his burial in the family crypt so he can operate on him to remove his brain. After he impregnates the maid, he tells her to name any man in the village as the father, and when that fails, he shuts her in with his Creature, knowing the Creature will kill her, thus sparing him from a public scandal and the horror of his bride. He pays for a pair of eyes, digs up graves and robs them for the parts he needs, and dismisses all of his friend Paul’s horrified allegations of the immoral evils of what he is doing. He confesses to a priest, hoping the man will take his side, but not realizing how callous it makes him sound (and truthfully, he can’t blame the Creature for the murders he committed). Victor is devoted to his work and cares deeply about it, but has no real regard for other people or their feelings. He lets the maid think he’s in love with her so she will make herself ‘available’ to him, without any intention of marrying her, and treats her coldly once she confesses her pregnancy. His inferior Se shows in how oblivious he is to the physical environment – he often forgets to eat, he doesn’t socialize, he won’t sleep when he’s working, he has no interest in high society or leaving his house except to obtain body parts. Under pressure, he becomes more reactive and impulsive, shooting his creature and causing him to fall into a vat of acid and perish – at which point he laments that his life’s work has been destroyed (he wanted to continue working on it).

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Victor is a reclusive genius scientist who spends all of his time working away on an eccentric project in his desire to create a living human being from body parts salvaged out of grave robbery and backstreet deals. He barely eats or sleeps, instead spending all of his time in his laboratory. He also suffers from an intense degree of emotional detachment and callousness, using his maid for sex and then having her killed by his Creature once she becomes pregnant and threatens to tell his future wife about it, shoving a man down the staircase to kill him and obtain his brain for his Creature, and shooting his own Creature in the head when he commits atrocities in the town. He is self-absorbed, withdrawn, and arrogant, seeing mere medical practices as inferior to his intellectual prowess. He has no interest in applying his method for “common” things like healing people, but instead intends to become famous (infamous?) as an inventor-scientist who dares to experiment where others do not, and who has no fear of recrimination.