Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - The Power Of Knowledge

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Sean Dwello
Mrs. Marr
AP Literature
2 October 2015
The Power of Knowledge The idea that the pursuit of knowledge brings about consequences is one that appears in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. With this particular piece, the concept that knowledge brings about negative repercussions is a primary theme. However, it is the inability to obtain absolute awareness of a situation that leads to a person’s disgruntlement. In regard to the text, Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s initial obsession with creating life soon turns to remorse as the creature he creates becomes the root of all pain and upheaval in his life. “You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been” (Pg. 21). This is a line of warning, from Frankenstein to Walton, as Frankenstein believes that with great understanding comes great agony. Frankenstein has blamed all of his misfortunes on the monster he created and nothing more. He has convinced himself that he became too intelligent and pushed boundaries that he should have respected. Shelley furthers this mindset instilled in Victor with the warning to Walton. Frankenstein knows that great wisdom can lead to great downfall, since no human can anticipate all possible outcomes. This view is resurrected as Walton tell Victor of his plans of exploration, and Frankenstein issues him an empathetic warning, in fear that Walton might follow in his footsteps.

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