Curiosity In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Curiosity is a very important trait for normal people. It is only natural for all of us to be curious, for us, as humans, find it interesting discovering and learning new things. In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, curiosity is expressed as a negative feature us humans have. Mary Shelley describes Curiosity’s impacts and how it, for the most part, leads to misery and despair, but how it can also be used for better if you know how to control it.Curiosity can be essential if used correctly, but if it goes too far, it can lead to regretful pain. There are many examples of Curiosity throughout the book. Robert Walton wanted to explore the North Pole, the monster tried to learn more about everything around him and, finally, Victor Frankenstein…show more content…
The monster was brought to life all alone, now that Victor Frankenstein abandoned him. Sooner or later, the monster realizes his existence and starts to receive fear and rejection from his creator and from society. He realizes he has been totally ignored. Because of this, he becomes ambitious for retribution and seeks revenge on Victor Frankenstein by shattering his life just as Victor shattered the monster’s life. However, the monster develops mental, and human characteristics such as compassion when he met the DeLacey family. The monster’s curiosity led him to educate himself. He read and adopted ideas of the book’s found in Victor’s jacket. These books include Milton's Paradise Lost, Plutarch's Lives of Illustrious Greeks and Romans, and Goethe's Sorrows of Werter. Milton's book is about the creation story and Adam, which causes the monster to question his own existence and place in the world. Curious, he seeks for answers and finally finds Victor’s notebooks, which explain how the monster was created. “ At first I had neglected them, but now that I was able to decipher the characters in which they were written, I began to study them with diligence. It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation. You minutely described in these papers every step you took in the progress of your work; this history was mingled with accounts of domestic
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