Dangerous Knowledge Essay

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Dangerous Knowledge

The pursuit of forbidden knowledge is the impetus and downfall of man's quest to understand the unknown. In the Bible, God warns man that knowledge brings more regret than it does value: "He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow" (Ecclesiastes 1:18.). Throughout the history of mankind, man has been faced with the temptation to reach the level of God. The Tower of Babel is the first attempt by man to become as powerful as God when man tries to build a tower that reaches the heavens. " 'Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name; lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth' " (Genesis 11:4). In the end, God punishes
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"Such were the professor's words - rather let me say such the words of fate, enounced to destroy me…I felt as if my soul were grappling with a palpable enemy…Soon my mind was filled with one thought, one conception, one purpose" (48). In Jane Goodall's Frankenstein and the Reprobate's Conscience, she notes the harmful potentials that scientific knowledge can create: "Frankenstein sets the imagination working amidst the fearful prospects conjured up by scientific experiment" (Article Finder).

Goodall suggests that through history science "has shown itself to be so pregnant with mischief that, where the conscience of science is concerned, we can never have enough of it" (Article Finder). Frankenstein cannot control his quest for knowledge, because knowledge silences his conscience and excites his imagination. When Frankenstein succeeds in "discovering the cause of generation and life" (52), he ponders whether he should create life or stop. "I doubted at first whether I should attempt the creation of a being like myself, or one of simpler organization; but my imagination was too much exalted at my first success to permit me to doubt my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man," thinks Frankenstein (53). The pursuit of knowledge not only takes over