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Human Limitations Exceeded, in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein investigates the idea of knowledge, and the dangers that may occur during the inquiry of these ideas. The novel shows Mary Shelley’s outlooks towards science by mimicking it as having the ability to exceed the boundaries of human limitation. The acquirement of dangerous knowledge is detrimental because it can be used for negative purposes such as nuclear weapons, genetic modification, and unethical medical research.
Victor Frankenstein is used as the main symbol that the acquirement of knowledge is dangerous. Shelley uses his journey to demonstrate the disastrous outcomes that can arise if one becomes completely saturated in a task. Shelley especially emphases on the fact that the pursuit of knowledge is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can cause damage when it is pursued beyond natural limits. This is shown through Victor’s aim to be god-like by creating his own human being. "Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, 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".
Walton possesses all the same goals of discovery and glory as Victor, and after Victor has suffered the awful repercussions of his creation he try’s to warn Walton of the negative repercussions that may occur. “You seek for, knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes
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