Quest for Knowledge

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Quest for Knowledge
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein’s quest for knowledge not only leads to the creation of a murderous monster that kills Victor’s loved ones but also the destruction of Victor himself and his sanity. Victor’s quest for knowledge sends him down a dangerous path by becoming so involved in the creation of his new project. Victor Frankenstein soon comes to the realization of the dangers of the monster and what the monster can and would do. He realizes that his power hunting through knowledge has left a hole in his life and realizes he must make it right.

Victor becomes enthralled with the idea of his creation and the power that it will bring him. He works day and night to finish his creation and starts to lose his sanity as he fails to reach success with his project day after day “I was unable to remain for a single instant in the same place; I jumped over chairs, clapped my hands, and laughed aloud”(Shelley 47). Victor explain his mutation as he loses touch with humanity, “My cheeks had grown pale with study, and my person had become emaciated with confinement” (Shelley 40).Henry Clerval, Victor’s best friend comes to visit and realizes how mad Victor has become and asks his childhood friend, “How ill you are! What is the cause of all this?” (Shelley 47). Frankenstein is so focused on his search for knowledge that he is blind to the lives of his loved ones that he is missing out on. Frank James describes Frankenstein as “a vitalist. He proposes to give life back to preciously living matter, apparently taking it for granted that living matter is of some special kind.” (James). As Guy Cook explains Victor Frankenstein has created this monster and has “disregarded individuals and their feelings” (Cook 98). Victor Frankenstein is ignorant of the consequences of creating this monster and the outcomes that may come with the creation of it. Victor did not think his decisions through, he created this monster “without considering...
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