The ambition for knowledge is a dangerous thing, especially if that knowledge is kept a secret. The novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, follows Walton who, while searching for new land, helps Victor Frankenstein and listens to his story. Victor Frankenstein is a wise character, but his passion for knowledge, his ambition, and his decision to keep his past a secret drives him and others around him to a short life. Frankenstein’s passion for knowledge drives him to isolate himself and make those around him worry. Frankenstein has a lonely life due to his pursuit of knowledge. When Frankenstein is overtaken by his passion, he does not go out to enjoy nature, he forgets to eat, and he becomes sick. He isolates himself due to the knowledge he …show more content…
Frankenstein wants the glorification and pride in being the first person to create life. Frankenstein sees himself in Walton, and Walton says, “ ...do I not deserve to accomplish some great purpose?...,but I prefer glory to every excitement that wealth place on my path”(10). Walton is a younger extension of Frankenstein and gives perspective to the ideas of the younger version of Frankenstein as he creates the creature. However, Frankenstein’s ambitions cost him dearly. The deaths of those around him make him suffer, but also the creation of the creature makes the creature suffer. The creature wishes to live in peace, but because he does not look like a normal human, he can not live in peace. Additionally, Frankenstein does not help the creature or nurture him with love, thus, he causes the creature to develop a deep resentment towards Frankenstein. The creature, whom is optimistic until now, says, “ Cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” (161). Frankenstein did not take into account the feelings of the creature. Frankenstein wanted to be the first to create the life, but did not think ahead. His initial ambition is to help the people, and perhaps his creation will benefit the humankind, however, he lets his ambition take over, and does not think of what the creature will act like or do. He creates the creature but only to suffer and in return he suffers as well. Frankenstein’s actions to not take care of the creature causes the death of those around him. When Henry dies Frankenstein says, “ Have my murderous machinations deprived you also, my dearest Henry, of life?” (218). Since Frankenstein did not take care of the creature, the creatures growing resentment grows into bitter revenge and kills those around
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One of the prominent theme in Frankenstein is the danger of knowledge. Victor Frankenstein find himself exploring the world of science where “it was the secret of heaven and earth… the outward substance of things or the inner spirits of nature and the mysterious soul of man” that attracted him (Shelley 18). It is apparent that Victor have a thirst for knowledge through the reading of the alchemy books which lead him to go on go beyond what the normal human limits can do, that is, the answer to life. His new-found knowledge ultimately set him up for failure as he became addicted with creating life to the point where he robbed graveyards for limbs and committing many unholy acts to create his monster. His unchecked ambition proves to have devastating
Every decsion ever made always comes from having the knowlege about it, whether it was good or bad. In the classic novel, "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley, having too much knowledge is dangerous, which can lead to a harmful misuse. Victor Frankenstein, the protagonist is seen as a scientist leading as God, due to his abundance knowledge of human and animal science. Primarly, In the novel "Frankenstein" Victor's excessive knowledge was a great dangerous to the people in the Geneva.
In Mary Shelley’s graphic novel, Frankenstein insight to a seductive analysis of the dangers associated with the attainment of knowledge presents itself. The main protagonist, Victor pretentiously states, “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, then he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” This leads to the conclusive stance which the general unknown leads to unpredictable consequence to itself; but in this case Victor Frankenstein’s attempt is an example contemporary innovation and selfishness. Even in modern day the unknown becomes answered at the expense of the general public. For example, Former CIA subcontractor, Edward Snowden committing treason at the
In Frankenstein, Dr. Frankenstein describes the ill effects his created monster on his personal life. Throughout the novel, Frankenstein describes the monster killing his little brother William, his friend Henry Clerval, and most importantly,
Carter Eckhardt CP Eng IV 3rd hr. November 11, 2015 Science - Knowledge - Responsibility A recurring theme in “Frankenstein” is the pursuit of scientific discovery and knowledge. Through the main events of the book this pursuit is responsible indeed; through his quest to find out the secrets of creation, Victor Frankenstein builds and designs his monster.
The novel Frankenstein brings to light many problems and situations that shed light on the faults of mankind. Cruelty was a huge factor in the novel; throughout Frankenstein is cruel to his body and to his creation. When he first makes the creature he runs from it, leaving the creature to fend for himself; even when reuniting with the creature he continues displays cruelty. The creature, in turn exhibits Victor cruelty right back. Within Frankenstein cruelty can be attributed, often affecting both Victor and the creature; serving as a crucial motivator and revealing their anger, pain, frustration till eventually both die.
Their thirst for knowledge exposed them to many harmful situations. One of them is Victor Frankenstein, a voracious reader who read out of date work of ancient physicians and alchemist, and he also explored and learned about the science especially chemistry against his father’s wish. Victor proved himself as an intelligent, ambitious and hardworking scientist. Victor’s main interest was chemistry at Ingolstadt University. Victor’s mother died when he was seventeen which fueled his obsession with death and the concept of reanimation or reawakening the dead became his pursuit of the achievement of knowledge.
Throughout the story Mary Shelley presents the idea of knowledge and how much of it Victor Frankenstein has. This enormous supply of intelligence will have a consequence on the product of his scientific actions. Frankenstein has been engrossed
All three characters are on a search for knowledge and it plays a major part in their life and more importantly their fate. Here we can see both the journey and the end result, knowledge, posing danger. Victor Frankenstein is a perfect example of the consequences of knowledge. Victor sees the most loss and sadness associated with knowledge. He searches for the answers to create life and goes beyond normal human realm to inquire on them; “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance ... or, in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world” (21).
ENG-3U0 November 20 2015 Frankenstein: The Pursuit of Knowledge Throughout the course of their individual journeys, Victor Frankenstein’s extreme passion for gaining knowledge about creating life, Robert Walton’s curiosity to discover land beyond the North Pole and the monster’s eagerness to obtain knowledge about humans was the principal cause of each of their suffering. As such, In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the pursuit of knowledge is a dangerous path which leads to suffering. Victor Frankenstein develops a keen interest in discovering knowledge about living beings which ultimately results in his personal suffering as well as others suffering. To begin with, Victor embarks on an assignment through combining body parts and following various
Knowledge can be Blessings and Curse A teenage girl Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in the 18th century. A Gothic novel Frankenstein deals with two genres, Gothicism and science fiction. Victor, one of Mary Shelly’s characters represents man’s pursuit of knowledge which ultimately leads towards the path of destruction while another character Robert Walton implemented his knowledge wisely to get benefits for the society. Mary is indicating to the society that mankind has to pay full attention to science and scientific innovations in order to avoid the catastrophic events due to misuse of knowledge.
Frankenstein’s creature initially shows no signs of ill will or malice when first encountering human beings (Shelley 72-73). On the contrary, through careful observation he is able to learn more about human society and personal relationships. He begins to admire the close connection between the people he observes and respects their virtue. This, however, makes him realise what he is missing. Observing the love and affection between others only increases the effect his own solitude has on him.
Mary Shelley, in Frankenstein, writes about the accumulation of knowledge in order to solidify one’s position on the earth. This can be seen through the pursuit of knowledge from Robert Walton, Victor Frankenstein and Henry Clerval. Each follows his own path to gain further intelligence. The Monster of Frankenstein learns to speak, opposing his situation of abandonment by the human race. As the monster tells Frankenstein of his adventures, the sophistication of his speech continues to increase further into the story they go.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein criticizes the human quest for knowledge through science and it highlights the moral implications of such undertakings. By following the story of the “mad scientist”, Victor Frankenstein, we see how a man’s ambition can be his downfall. However, Shelley notes that although it is dangerous to partake in immoral science, this curiosity to know more about the world around us and who we are is human instinct. This essay will consider Hindle’s premise that Frankenstein is a criticism of the “lofty ambition of man”. One could argue that by writing Frankenstein, Shelley was “loftily ambitious”, just like the characters in her novel.
It’s often said that knowledge is power. But there can always be too much of a good thing. The theme of seeking unnecessary knowledge is prevalent in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The 3 main narrators seek this knowledge constantly, and it is clear that it will lead to their own individual downfalls. The seeking of unnecessary knowledge proves to be the downfall of Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and almost to Robert Walton.