An Analysis of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

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Frankenstein literary analysis paper
Pursuit of knowledge is a theme that often shows up in the text Frankenstein. Frankenstein the main character and the monster are very willing to gain knowledge and learn every aspect of life. They incorporate many dangers while pursuing knowledge. Through the characters of the monster and Frankenstein, Mary Shelley develops the theme of pursuit of knowledge. She uses the characters- monster and Frankenstein to demonstrate how dangerous it is to pursuit knowledge. Through observing, the monster is noticing the behaviors and acts of the cottagers. By observing the cottagers the monster is gaining knowledge and through this the monster is feeling sad and angry at the same time. He is feeling sad and angry because he knows that he is a different creature and will not be accepted by the cottagers. The monster says that “I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me. I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge” (85). The monster is saying that by gaining knowledge his sorrows and depressions has only increased. Even though the monster realizes that it’s dangerous and his pain will keep increasing, he doesn’t stop pursuing knowledge. The monster continues to pursue knowledge by deciding to get in to the cottage in order to talk to the old man. He bravely gets in to the cottage and gets scared. The old man was blind so he did not see the monster. In the mean time Felix one of the cottagers came in to the cottage and beat the monster in anger. Felix beating the monster is dangerous and puts his life in danger. The monster comments “cursed, cursed creator! Why did I live?” (97). The monster is sick of his life and put his life in danger as he pursued knowledge. Furthermore, the monster’s pursuit of knowledge caused him to desire something that he could never have in his life, a companion. The monster got rejected by Frankenstein and that...
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