The Dangerous Pursuit Of Knowledge

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Allison Walden
Carol Johnson
English 2322
20 January 2017

The Dangerous Pursuit of Knowledge Many people would argue that knowledge is power, but can too much knowledge be dangerous? How much is too much? Throughout history, the human race has had struggles with “too much knowledge” or going to extreme lengths to gain such knowledge. Is the everlasting quest to know something really worth it? In today’s generation, there is constantly new inventions of technology and theories of science. But maybe knowledge is starting to ruin people’s life and it shouldn’t be sought after. Very similar in the novel Frankenstein, written by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein deals with the deadly pursuit of knowledge. He is constantly intrigued into …show more content…

In chapter 2, Victor says, “The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favorite authors, the fulfillment of which I most eagerly sought; and if my incantations were always unsuccessful, I attributed the failure rather to my own inexperience and mistake than to a want of skill or fidelity in my instructors” (Shelley 34). This lets the readers know how Victor thinks about life. Victor blamed his lack of experience whenever he failed, only making the burning desire to learn become even greater. He believed in repetition as a way to advance him in his studies. A trait many yearn for, yet the intense repetition was slowly killing Victor as far as his relationship with people and his family went. As Victor continues his studies, he finally feels like he has acquired everything there is to know about the body. He then dangerously seeks the deep dark and underlying secrets to life. Victor wanting to make a difference in the world says, “I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (Ch. 3). Vowing to this statement, Victor envisions creating a race with superior beings. He confines himself in his apartment and begins to passionately work on his creation. “Cloistered in scholarly pursuit, Victor goes into hiding in his study and fully loses touch with the primacy of physicality”

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