the mad enthusiasm

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the mad enthusiasm

As elsewhere in these paragraphs the candor of Victor's language is unexpected and surprising. Earlier in his narration he has used "enthusiasm" as an apology, even perhaps as a cover for his lack of responsibility (see I:3:3, I:3:8, I:3:14, and III:2:21). This linking of his obsession with creating life to a state of madness will be reinforced near the end of the novel where Victor will reflect on his endeavor as a "fit of enthusiastic madness" (III:Walton:28).