In Frankenstein we see many ways that the book shows pursuit of Knowledge. Victor Frankenstein shows many times of him pursuing knowledge, such as when he found the book. “Ah! Cornelius Agrippa! My dear victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash”
Duality is shown in Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, a gothic tale of a scientist whom looks to advance the life-giving qualities of mother nature. Through this novel, Shelley proves that good and evil in human nature is not always simple to define, and that everyone has both of these qualities within them. The duality of human nature is shown through the characters of Victor Frankenstein and his monster, who are both heroes in the novel while simultaneously displaying anti-hero qualities. Shelley forces the reader to sympathize with them both but also creates gruesome ideas of the two. Frankenstein’s creature places himself in a submissive position when he begs his creator to have mercy on him and asking the creator to “create a female for [him] with whom [he] can live in the interchange of those sympathies necessary for [his] being.”
Knowledge is facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject. It is seen as a key to unlocking so many secrets unknown before. In Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein it focuses on the life of Victor Frankenstein, from the moment he was born to after his death. Victor is very into the idea of science and philosophy and wants to learn more on these topics that he decides to go to college especially to learn about the human body. He is so intrigued by the human body so much that since he believes he has enough knowledge - that he obtained from his studies - he decides to take the opportunity of creating life himself.
In Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein, Shelley conveys the pursuit of gaining knowledge and isolation and how it affects someone mentally by using similes, diction, contrast, and hyperbole. In Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein is telling Walton how gaining knowledge has turned him into a different person. Walton is making a comment of what he knows of Victor's story and how he thinks Victor was like in his prosperity of knowledge. “He is thus noble and godlike in ruin!”
“If we value the pursuit of knowledge, we must be free to follow wherever that search may lead us” Adlai E. Stevenson. The politician explains his perception of creativity in this quote along with its connection to ambition by relating determination and faith to the discovery of knowledge. He believes that nothing can restrict our drive to seek information when one entirely devotes himself to the pursuit. Similarly, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton, and the creature all attempt to acquire arcane knowledge at any and all costs. Their ambition drives them to take risks and even put the lives of themselves and others on the line.
In her work Frankenstein, Mary Shelley discusses and criticizes both scientific issues and moral attitudes of the time. Shelley uses Frankenstein as a platform for taking a side on issues, in part by speculating on what might happen if current boundaries were breached and norms challenged. Scientifically, Shelley takes on the good versus evil debate, giving views from both sides through her characters. Morally, Shelley examines the amount of responsibility one must take for their actions. In addition, Shelley examines the possibility and consequences of “playing God,” a moral and scientific issue.
“I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health.” (Shelley, ch. 5), Frankenstein says, as he looks at the human life he has created. Obsession of a goal leads to a loss of innocence for Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and Robert Walton, in Mary Shelley’s work of literature Frankenstein. Frankenstein’s obsession with creating human life, had caused him to be successful in the creation of his monster.
In the classic novel, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley it is considered an emocore novel due to the danger the scientist, Frankenstein, did to Europe and Switzarland. The knowledge the scientist had caused the “monster” he brought back to life to cause the death of many love ones of his. I believe that having too much knowledge can be very dangerous. Therefore, when Frankenstein decided to pursuit his life in the world of science, he was hooked on by electricity.
Confucius, an influential Chinese philosopher, once famously stated "Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others"(Attack the Evil...). In the book of Frankenstein, the author Mary Shelley expresses a contrary idea for the protagonist Victor Frankenstein. Instead of ¨attacking the evil that is within yourself”, Victor Frankenstein, a mad scientist, creates the evil of himself, and leads to a series of consequences for the society, his family as well as friends. An individual's excessive passion for scientific invention and the blind pursuit of reputation as well as the parental-child tensions may result in the failure of responsibility toward one's self, family, a disrespect to nature, and eventually
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.