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Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein
Transcript of Dangerous Knowledge In Frankenstein
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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