It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed at the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world.
– Mary Shelley
Frankenstein, Chapter 2. From early in the novel, Victor Frankenstein shows that he is not like others. He is driven to discover the secrets of heaven and earth, which ultimately leads to his downfall.