In Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, she shows us through Victor that our trust in technology will ultimately destroy our morality. In the early chapters we see that Victor is already teetering between being a romantic and a scientist. His thirst for knowledge finally overtakes him as he’s off to university. “[Victor] delighted which [he] desired to…learn the hidden laws of nature” (Shelley 22). What Mary Shelley shows through Victor’s statement is that in her time period, men were moving away from the romantic side of life into the unknown.
This is primarily achieved through the life of Dr. Felix Hoenikker and his children. Hoenikker approaches his research with a childish playfulness that is unassociated with someone who creates weapons of mass destruction. By characterizing him as such, “Vonnegut uses the development of ice-nine to illustrate his worry that scientists are only concerned with solving problems and creating products without any thought about how these discoveries might be used” (Karmiol). Dr. Hoenikker’s irresponsibility epitomizes Vonnegut’s belief; by leaving a sample of ice-nine unattended, Hoenikker causes his own death, and eventually, his invention would become the means of Earth’s destruction. This event is paralleled when Dr. Hoenikker’s children inherit their own samples of “ice-nine”, which they carelessly use to buy positions of happiness.
The thirst for knowledge : We have explored from many different angles of the contrast between Frankenstein and the monster . However , every story has a beginning , and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein starts off with a man called Robert Walton who is on his interest for his own greedy thirst of knowledge . Shelley begins Walton story though emotional letters written to his beloved sister . Through these letters , we can understand in great details that Walton’s set a ship to the cold and icy Arctic ocean to discover the North Pole . Walton thought he is a genius and he is the only man in the earliest memories of his youth desired to learn about the world , and natural sciences .
The power of knowledge has an effect on many of the characters. Victor wanted to create the Creature to learn more about science and giving life to something lifeless. Knowledge, the driving force behind Victor’s experiment, caused the creation of the Creature and set the course for the rest of the plot. The Creature desires the power of knowledge in his own life. When he flees after Victor abandons him, he does not know anything about society, the world, or how people interact.
“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein. This quote is very relevant to the book Frankenstein because Victor Frankenstein, though he is a very intelligent scientist, has a passion to explain how life is created. The problem is that his dedication towards his passion clouded his ability to differentiate passion from responsibility. Passion can be a very strong emotion that blurs lines of what is wanted and what is needed.
Frankenstein wants to explore knowledge further, but his professor shares his doubts about whether Frankenstein could deliver results or not. Victor could only think about, “one thought, one conception, one purpose. So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (33). Shelley uses visual imagery to depict Frankenstein’s future. Frankenstein claims he will “pioneer a new way,” and discover “the deepest mysteries of creation.” By this he means he will “unfold” the truth about creating life from death.
Firstly, Victor is evident to be the true monster in Frankenstein shown through his natural attitude conveying selfishness and abandonment. Throughout the novel Victor displays these traits through his many actions where he only cares about his well being. Victor is completely focused on creating human life and does not care that he is hurting Elizabeth, his family and the monster. To begin with, Frankenstein creates the monster so he could alter the gift of life, not to learn for the sake of science or himself. He started his experience out of his own self interest as he ignores his family back in Geneva and does not write them letters explaining his personal status for long periods of time.
The nature versus nurture debate may be the debate of the century in the psychology world. Both sides hold very plausible theories and reasoning as to why they are right and because of that they are starting to accept the fact that both nature and nurture may play a key role in the development of personality. As the times change and technology becomes more advanced it becomes significantly easier to do long term studies with biological and emotional data being cross referenced. When applying the nature versus nurture debate to the story Frankenstein one can argue that the monsters lack of proper nurturing and upbringing caused him to act out negatively towards the humans he encountered throughout the story. The book Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Destructive Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Victor suffers from isolation by being in need of family, friends and society. Although Victor suffers from his own mistakes, he sees the effects of isolation from society, and by losing everyone he loves in his life, he drives himself insane and becomes dangerous. As a young boy, Victor had been surrounded by love from his family. In the college of Ingolstadt, Victor set a goal for himself, “ Under the guidance of my new prospectors I entered with the greatest diligence into the search of the prospector’s stone and the elixir of life; but the latter soon be obtained my undivided attention. Wealth was an inferior object, but what glory would attend the discovery if i could banish disease from the human frame
In the end, nothing was gained out of searching for knowledge as Victor and the monster die from suffering from one another. The suffering initially starts off when Victor becomes ambitious to search for knowledge so that he can create his creature. Victor’s goal to achieve fame is what leads him to search for knowledge. His obsession is not ordinary; he became “so ardent and eager” (42) to “[bestow] animation upon lifeless matter” (44).
It’s said was born curious in science and the creation of life. In the novel, he stated, "The world, was to me a secret which I desired to divine”; "Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature … are among the earliest sensations I can remember" (31); and "It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn" (33) these quotes show just how curious he is and emphasizes just how long he has been curious about the creation of life. Elizabeth’s sickness, causing her to almost face death, also provoked his construction of the monster. Before his mother caught the Scarlett Fever, Elizabeth was sick. When Victor was young, he was given Elizabeth as a gift from his parents and for her to have almost died made him realize he had to do something to cheat death.