The Thirst For Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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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 . Walton quoted , “This expedition has been the favourite dream
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This is the warning given by Victor to Walton before telling his new friend the story where he suppressed search for the knowledge has taken him . While we and Walton are listening to his story , we found a familiarity between the two men . Both of them are from a family that encourage them and are both captivated by natural philosophy . We and Walton could feel the “delight and rapture” as Victor discovers the key thing to revive a life . We are suffering by the scary details when Victor is creating the monster and we are wondrous when the monster came to life . From this point , Victor is now being chase to explain his creation . The anxiety fills the space between the narrator and contemplation which also feels our trembling heart as well .
In the story , Walton is the pathway for us to know about Victor and the monster in the very beginning of the story . However , he also plays a role that is parallel to Victor in many ways . Both Victor and Walton are explorer ,they chase after their dangerous knowledge . Victor’s influence to Walton is rather weird . For a moment , he warned Walton to be courageous on the path , regardless of the danger , and the next moment he serves as an example of the dangers of thirsting of knowledge and ambition . This is a deep impression of the contrasting emotions felt between the chase and consequence
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