The Quest For Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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It is often said that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know. Even Aristotle said, “The more you know, the more you know you don 't know.”. This can often lead to a yearning for more knowledge and sometimes, can be somebody’s downfall. In this case, it was Victor Frankenstein’s downfall. His love for science and his ever-growing quest to learn about the human body ultimately destroyed him, his family, his wife to be, and his best friend. The book begins with the character Robert Walton, a captain of a ship. He is also on a journey to discover the unknown. Walton begins this journey very eagerly saying, “These are my enticements, and they are sufficient to conquer all fear of danger or death...” (Shelley 2). This attitude is clearly naive. Walton possesses the same eagerness that destroyed victor and the monster. Victor says to Walton,…show more content…
Though his learning might not be as advanced as Victor’s, the monster was more than interested in learning. Shelley even incorporated some humor into the story by saying that the monster read Milton’s Paradise Lost. This is a very dense piece of literature for a creature that was unable to speak at one point. The monster reads everything that he can get his hands on. With this new knowledge, he tries to introduce himself to the blind Mr. Delacey but that sadly results in a brutal beating from the family. After acquiring all the new knowledge, he should know that this is a bad idea but continues anyway. This suggests that knowledge is not rightly learned through books but needs to be learned through experience. This leads to his hatred of humans and the killing of many of Victor’s friends and family. The monster is flooded with information after reading these books. It would be assumed that the more information that the creature learns, the less likely he would be to kill since he is closer to a human with all his new
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