Power ; S Passion For Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Through her use of language of curiosity, Shelly states that one’s passion for knowledge is overpowering. Frankenstein is talking to Walton about his mistakes through his quest to acquires knowledge. He explains that it is better for people to think they are the only people in the word than to try and become greater than their nature will allow. He starts telling Walton his story. He states , “No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane, in the first enthusiasm of success” (54). Through his use of the simile, “like a hurricane,” Frankenstein explains the forceful and destructive nature of passion. Also, his use of the word “hurricane” shows that passion is also natural meaning it is unpredictable and…show more content…
Remember that I have power; you believe yourself miserable, but I can make you so wretched that the light of day will be hateful to you. You are my creator, but I am your master; obey!” (181). The Monster is enraged and with this anger he expresses his power over Frankenstein. When he states, “Remember that I have power,” he is showing that he can oppress Frankenstein. The monster also explains that he can make his creator so miserable that he will hate even the light of day. This, like the quote before, proclaims Frankenstein’s growing misery through his passion to create life and that once great passion, is now destroying him. Shelly uses slave language to convey that overpowering passion leads to misery.
Shelly justifies her claim that unbearable misery leads to mental torment through her use of suicidal language. Frankenstein sails to Ireland where he encounters his best friend, Clerval, dead. When he sees his dead companion, he has a breakdown and passes out. He asks, “Why did I not die? More miserable than man ever was before, why did I not sink into forgetfulness and rest? … But I was doomed to live…” (192). Frankenstein uses an oxymoron when he states, “But I was doomed to live”. Through this he shows his discomfort through his life and survival. He also exemplifies his want to die and that he can kill himself to get there. This also proclaims that the misery which Frankenstein feel after creating his Monster, is causing him to have
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