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Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein

By Ryan Baan & Chris Derrough
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on 8 April 2013

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By Ryan Baan and Chris Derrough Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein Theme A theme in a piece of literature is the main idea, a common insight or observation that the author displays. No piece of literature is limited to just one theme, in fact, almost all pieces of literature have more than one theme that the author is displaying. Just like "Frankenstein", written by Mary Shelley, and published in 1818, there are many themes that Shelley presents. Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein By Ryan Baan and Chris Derrough Dangerous Knowledge Dangerous knowledge is a prominently seen theme in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. In Frankenstein we see the search for learning and knowledge in three major characters, Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton, and the creature. We see how their thirst for knowledge can bring them to places, and they can eventually find what they are looking for, but it eventually takes them to places that are dangerous, and unwanted. The strive for such knowledge drives one to his grave, and brings the other to realization of what could happen if he does not cease. Victor Frankenstein Victor Frankenstein finds himself exploring the world of science, and learning about science, against his father's wishes, but Victor urges to go froward with his studies and goes off to university. At this point in time, science was an area of little knowledge, especially chemistry, which was Victor's area of study. Even when Victor's ambitions are shot down by M. Krempe, he continues on in search of the answers to death, and pursues to go beyond what are normal human limits. Victor soon finds the answer he was looking for, and discovers the answer to life. Through Victor's new-found knowledge and discoveries, he becomes obsessed with making a human being. Such a human that it should be a perfect creature in size strength and intelligence. His so-called addiction forces him to gather dead body parts and create this monster that will prove to be very dangerous. Once the monster vanishes after its creation, Victors soon realizes what he has done, and what he has become, and where his pursuit of knowledge has taken him. When the creature comes back around, Victor's actions end up in the destruction of everything he ever loved and valued. This leaving the monster, and himself, alone, together, and driving them both to their deaths. Robert Walton But Frankenstein is not the only human who is pursuing knowledge that could prove to be dangerous. Robert Walton desires to surpass all explorations by humans and reach the North Pole; which at the time, sounded ridiculous and impossible, just the same as Frankenstein's pursuits.
He journals all his travels in letters to his sister as he gets ready and sets out for an adventure. He has no idea though where his travels and ambitions can take him. "I may there discover the wondrous power which attracts the needle and may regulate a thousand celestial observations that require only this voyage to render their seeming eccentricities consistent forever... "...I shall satiate my ardent curiosity with the sight of a part of the world never before visited, and may tread a land never before imprinted by the foot of man." (Shelley, Page 1-2). Robert Walton holds strong to these views and will continue to pursue, until he takes Victor Frankenstein in off the ice, and hears his story. After finding himself stuck between ice, Walton realizes the consequences of Frankenstein's actions, and realizes the possible consequences of his actions up to now. He decides to turn around on his voyage and end it there. He does this as he has learned, through what he saw in Frankenstein, the dangers of knowledge. The Creature The Creature is also a character who we see yearn for knowledge that proves to be dangerous. He comes across many experiences that make his yearning greater, and he goes to great extents to learn to speak, and interact with people. He learns to become a real human being, and tires to fit in with everyone else. Examples of the monster experiencing new things can be seen when he learns to speak, discovers his sense, finds food for himself, and observes the moon. The creature tries to fit in and be like other humans. The monster hopes to gain knowledge in hopes of no longer being shunned and beaten on and attacked by society for the way he is. When his urge to fit in and gain knowledge fails and it backfires, he seeks revenge and becomes violent. After the death of Victor, not much is known of the fate of the monster, but the monster surely met his fate as well, thus proving he search for knowledge to be very dangerous. The theme of Dangerous Knowledge in Frankenstein presents that, under most circumstances, the search for knowledge is encouraged and at times pressed by others. But as show in Frankenstein, that quest can lead to too much knowledge, presenting deadly consequences and driving him or her to his or her fate. "If one shuns their knowledge, it can lead to self-destruction not only to one's self but also to everyone around them." (FictionPress.com) By Ryan Baan & Chris Derrough Discussion Based on the knowledge that Victor Frankenstein had, should he, or should he not have moved forward with his work in creating a monster? The End References Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: New American Library, a division of Penguin Putnam, 1818. Print.
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