Knowledge, The Sculptor Of Character : Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein

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David Ibarra
Mr. Carroll
Brit Lit - Period 7
March 31, 2015
Knowledge, The Sculptor of Character: Frankenstein
Socrates once said, "To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge." This quote holds much truth as a truly knowledgeable and wise person would recognize that there is always more to learn and no one will always know everything. Thus, this idea states that new knowledge will constantly enter and shape one’s character. Similarly, the idea of being aware that one does not know everything and will constantly have knowledge shaping their character is present in Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein. In Frankenstein, knowledge causes deterioration in character and morals. This is shown through the monsters behavioral change and through Frankenstein 's loss of sanity. The monster 's change of behavior demonstrates that knowledge causes deterioration in one 's character. Following his banishment by Frankenstein, the infantile monster was gradually acquiring intelligence through his observations of the real world. The monster was a curious creature who living near the De Lacey’s cottage was able to acquire knowledge about language and human interaction. After failing to interact with the De Laceys and Felix testing his patience the monster leaves. Yet, even though the monster is full of anger he still displays his good naturedness when he saves a young girl: “I rushed from my hiding place; and, with extreme labour from the force of

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