Essay Topic # 4
Victor Frankenstein’s endless surge for knowledge is ultimately his epic downfall as a character. His desire to produce life from inanimate objects induces numerous sleepless nights and his drastic seclusion from society. This unhealthy pattern of loneliness and insomnia causes the knowledge-craved scientist to be driven mad. Similar to Victor’s epic downfall, Robert Walton craves to know of unexplored turf in the North Pole. But, his endeavors do not conclude as drastically as the scientist’s. Frankenstein’s tale proves to be a lesson to Walton and teaches him the dangerous nature of desiring an infinitive amount of knowledge. The last situation in Frankenstein that centers on the concept of knowledge being dangerous is with the monster himself. With studying the human culture and feeling, he understands and is overwhelmed with loneliness and questions his purpose in a society in which he does not belong. Victor Frankenstein possesses a selfish thirst to surpass the scientific community by producing a breathing, speaking, walking, feeling creature. In retrospect, his unhealthy obsession leads to an untimely death. “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that he desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied him, still his inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or in its highest sense, the physical secrets of the world” (Shelly 22,3). Victor did not wish to study the known and accepted. Or, even evolve experiments previously performed by respected scientists. He wanted to create a name and meaning to himself, a purpose if you will. By the time Frankenstein’s unfortunate soul receives a shock from reality and realizes that he has taken on the role of a creator, it is too late. His monster was created and ready to unleash its presence on the public. “For this I had...