Pursuit of Knowledge in Frankenstein
From the moment one is born, one is exposed to the dangers of the world without any knowledge of what lies ahead. At the beginning, the only things needed for fulfillment is the essentials for life. When one lives in a society where knowledge is accepted amongst the encounters of others it may alter one’s interpretation of life itself. This may lead to either optimistic or pessimistic changes in desire, behavior, and decision making depending on the construal of others. Within the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, there are multiple demonstrations of the destruction of one’s life due to a compulsive lust for extensive knowledge.
Victor Frankenstein, a scientist with a lifetime goal of the construction of an experiment that will allow him to achieve his personal pursuit in exceeding the limits of human knowledge. With his brilliance in science, he attempts the impossible, the unthinkable, the extraordinary; he goes beyond human nature and raises an inanimate being to life. By succeeding in his task, he mistakenly creates a horrendous monster that does not compare with his original motive. Instead, the creature brings Victor awful demise and he ceases to lose everything that he once cared for. The monster is brought into an unfamiliar world without any understanding and because of this he has a strong desire for knowledge throughout the story. He is fascinated by the language and nature of the human beings he encounters and strives to be accepted in their way of living. Unfortunately, the creature’s lust for knowledge leads him to a rampant loss of self-control subsequently the destruction of the town as well as the people that live within.
Robert Walton is an explorer who travels to the North Pole in search for something as spectacular as Victor’s experiment of going above and beyond human knowledge. Walton can serve as an example of being at risk for his own destruction by chasing after the idea of unpossessed...
Cited: Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. 2nd ed. New York: Norton & Company, 1996. Print.
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