“Knowledge is power” (Meditationes Sacrae [1597; Works 14.95; 79]) is a famous quote from Francis Bacon with many meanings. Knowledge is magical and beneficial; everyone wants to be able to say that they “know everything” but knowing too much is not always a good thing/has been proved to lead to destruction. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Macbeth in Shakespeare’s Macbeth are two extraordinary characters that seem to struggle with the power of knowledge. Both crave any amount of knowledge they can receive which inevitably influences their ambitions, causes them to make immoral decisions and lose their sense of reality.
The Monster’s Nature “For while I destroyed his hopes, I did not satisfy my own desires. They were forever ardent and craving; I still desired love and fellowship, and I was still spurned. Was there no injustice in this? Am I to be thought the only criminal, when all human kind sinned against me?” (Chapter 24, 240)
“Do we evade the full consequences of our advances: denying the ugly while claiming the beautiful...ignoring the impoverishment while squandering the wealth”(Vargish)? Mary Shelley's, Frankenstein projects an underlying message that the rapid advancements of knowledge and science are truly monstrous. This tale illustrates a man’s dangerous, unbridled thirst for advancing science and researching a new field yet to be discovered; and questions advancements in technology, science, and the nature of humanity. Mary Shelley’s argument is more relevant today than it was during the gothic era. Our culture’s evident addiction to electronics and personal devices is taking away all forms of intuition and initiative.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am here to present. On this argument, Victor is on trial and his creature he has made is innocent. In the novel, “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley, is about a young scientist named Victor Frankenstein who has the ambition of being the first human to bring a being to life. A common quote is “There is a time to be born and a time to die”. This refers to the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes.
Change is the one thing that nothing is immune to. This is clearly shown throughout Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein. The novel tells of a scientist, Victor, who just wanted to make something with his life. Victor spends many years of his life in college where he figures out he has the ability to give life to an inanimate object and sets off on a path of creation. A few years later, Victor completes his task and gives life to his grand creation.
A new technology is being created every day in this fast growing world, and a majority of them are helping the human society in some way shape or form. Technologies today are being created to have multifarious effects that will help improve the quality of humanity. But, with all good things there will be some “unintended consequences … and revenge effects” as stated by Tenner who suggests that there was no human invention ever that completely fulfilled its intended uses or completely ignore the unintended effects (Tenner). Tenner reaches his conclusion about the revenge effects by referring to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
In both of the stories we see that the same thing happen to the main characters which was they were both transformed into vermin. The transformations were different because one turned into a beetle and the other turned into a fly. The biggest difference between the two is that Brundle had a very slow and painful transformation whereas Samsa’s transformation was quick and easy and just over night. Seth Brundle deserved to be turned into a vermin because he was attempting to change science and play the role of god through his experiments, whereas Samsa did not deserve to become a vermin because he was an innocent person and was only attempting to live a normal life.
Vicor created the monster because he was fascinated with life and death. Victor wasn’t aware about the responsibilities he had to take when creating Frankenstein, Frankenstein came to victor wanting a matte desiring happiness. The creator would have to come out sooner or later taking the responsibility of his creation and the lives it took. Victor rejected his creation because it 's horrifying and made by different body parts. If victor would had stayed with the monster the monster could have been just like any other human expect with a deformed body.
In Frankenstein by mary shelley in the horror novel the author wrote though victor Frankenstein and his years of life. In Frankenstein victor at a young age was a sweet child. Around ten or 13 victor witness a tree get struck by lightning and reduced to nothing more than a stump these of course change his course of actions forever till upon his death. Victor would go to college and want into a deep obsession over creating something in the study of death,life, and the coming back to alive.
“I was seized by remorse and the sense of guilt, which hurried me away to hell of intense tortures such as no language can describe.” (Frankenstein 101) Frankenstein is a novel written by Mary Shelley. This quote was said by Victor Frankenstein explaining how he felt about Justine’s trial after the death of William. Once Justine’s trial ended in her death, Victor became very guilty because he knew that this all started because of his passion and ignorance that led to the creation of his dream.