"How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!" (pg. 323) Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley as a ghost story has turned into what some would call the first ever Medical Ethics Literature piece ever written. The story tells the tale of Victor Frankenstein leaving his family, home and fiance' to attend a university and learn all he could about natural philosophy. His studies turned into the largest science experiment anyone had ever dreamed, Victor created an animate monster out of dead human remains. Throughout the story Frankenstein loses all he ever loved because of the creature he brought to life. Victor keeps his monster a secret, runs from his responsibility and does not allow himself to let go of his creation proving that playing god will unconsciously blind the consequences of his actions. .
Victor makes the most "memorable" decision in the first chapter of the book by choosing his "future destiny" (pg.63) in leaving his loving family in Geneva to go study alchemy, natural philosophy and rudimentary physics. "No human being could have passed a happier childhood than myself. My parents were possessed by the very spirit of kindness and indulgence. We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice, but the agents and creators of all the many delights which we enjoyed. When I mingled with other families I distinctly discerned how peculiarly fortunate my lot was, and gratitude assisted the development of filial love." (pg.53) Victor isolates himself from his dear family and any other social outlet and becomes engrossed in discovering a medical and scientific breakthrough. After animating a dead body he becomes anxious and seemingly lost in his mind to the point where he is scared to communicate with his family. "Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain.