The Limits Of Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Limits on Knowledge Mary Shelley 's novel Frankenstein shows there are certain limits to what mankind is allowed to know. In many points in the novel Victor Frankenstein shows that the creation of a new life never ends well. Because of the work of victor it leads to many casualties and hurts the world around them. This helps exemplify the theme of gothic literature and the points of Horror and violence, as well as supernatural and mystery, along with sublime nature and man as his own worst enemy. Two common points are horror and violence and how Victor has learned to much knowledge on the creation of life. Due to the knowledge that Victor has obtained on being able to then create a new life, then reflects on to how it causes horror and violence to occur. Horror is shown when Victor first sees his creation and it reaches out or him “one hand was stretched out, seemingly to detain me…”(44). Victor thinks the creation is trying to attack him and is seen as horror. Another time horror can be seen is when Victor sees Henry’s dead body. He can’t help but thinking about the image “I saw the lifeless form of Henry Clerval Stretched out before me(167). Not only is horror used but also violence. Violence is seen when Victor learns about the tragic death of his young brother. He is upset about the fact he was murdered in such a cruel way “To die so miserably, to feel the murders grasp”(60). The moments of supernatural and mystery are also seen in this novel and have a huge impact
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