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Question 1.

I think he was average at both. He often cheated on his exams because his memory wasn't very good, but he was able to make the unique, creative connections which is why he could achieve success in creating life where others could not. I admire that he wants to overcome death so that he can be rich by selling the "cure" to wealthy people in Europe. I will never fault anyone for wanting to make money. However, I dislike the fact that he was an anti-Semitic, racist who refused to re-animate "minority peoples."
Elizabeth is Frankenstein's childhood sweetheart. They had not seen each other in years and he is attracted to her physically. He thinks she has the "weak and feeble mind of woman, but she is soft of heart and ample of bosom." However, these sentiments were common in the age and not considered sexist so I hardly think we can hold it against him. He views people as equals and inferiors. He feels she is too dim to understand the science he works at, but wants to marry her because her "broad, womanly hips" are primed for childbearing and he would like to produce and heir.
He wants to make money. He tells people that his endeavors are more noble than that, but in his private journals he makes plans for how to spend all the money he plans to make. Biology, physiology, medicine, electricity, herbology, mathematics, history, and eurythmics.
He is excited, but that is only to hide his true fear. He feigns being happy for the sake of his servant and aid Igor, but he is scared that he does not have anyone to bring him back from the dead and he is afraid he'll be allowed to die and pass into oblivion while others use his inventions to stay alive forever. He often went to his attic to read and write secret letters to famous stage actresses of the age. He also refused to let others into his lab while he worked and made friends with blind and deaf people in the city so that he wouldn't have to worry about looking good or making "meaningless" conversation.
He likes to be alone with his thoughts because he feels only he is worthy of having or knowing about them. He doesn't want others around because he feels they bring him down and make his become less intelligent.

Question 2.
I think that different people will feature different reactions to this question. Much of it is based on how they see Victor. If Victor is seen in a positive light, it can be argued that Victor sees the destruction of the monster as his responsibility. This line of logic would argue that Victor is pursuing his share of responsibility in seeking to destroy it. If others see him in a negative light, then I believe that the argument is that Victor is responsible for creating the monster and, rather than trying to destroy it, he should accept his primary responsibility for the monster, his creation. This line of argument sees Victor as being "the creator" and has a moral and ethical responsibility to look after and guide his creation. In abandoning the monster and the repulsed by what it did, causing him to seek revenge on it, Victor forsake the monster and should bear responsibility for his actions.

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