Science and Mary Shelley

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Mary Shelley’s Insight In Frankenstein

Jessica Zelingher
English 8 Sections 1
Paper 1 Draft
November 8, 2010
Dr. John Lutz

In the novel Frankenstein, written in the nineteenth century by the author of Mary Shelley. She introduces the idea and effects of what human knowledge can have and how it may be dangerous to humanity. This novel is a great popular novel that reminds us to think of the issues involved with scientific research. This novel is a great example of the warning of the dangers we may be united with in today’s world. For example: “Learn from me, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how   much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow. This was said on page 31 where Victor is warning Walton against following his example. This quote also expresses the regrets Victor has towards his own knowledge. This represents how he would prefer to be less knowledgeable. It seems that Victor would prefer to be ignorant because it seems more blissful. Mary Shelley portrays that knowledge has the potential to go beyond the boundaries of the average human control. As the reader, I was able to grasp the idea that Victor Frankenstein had the immediate urge to explore the unknown in science. As I recall this began to occur in his discussion with professor Walton through a letter. Once Walton suggests to Frankenstein that he looks to aim to go into the world where he can look for knowledge and Frankenstein insists that knowledge is worth as much as life and death. This is the first sense where foreshadowing took place that when Frankenstein said the words “One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.” This quotes especially emphasis that victor will pursue this knowledge and has a great chance of...
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