The Power Of Knowledge In Frankenstein

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In the novel, Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein shows the cruel karma that joins in the achievement of attaining knowledge. With countless examples to support this statement, the opinion of this reader holds strong with the opinion of Mary Shelly, that the power of knowledge, though incredibly tempting to grasp hold of tightly, can be a dangerous achievement that can lead to more destruction than it can recover. Throughout the creation of the monster, there are several hints that can support a reader’s judgment that the degree of comprehension that Victor has in the palm of his hands is, in fact, treacherous. In chapter two of, Frankenstein, Victor says, “The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favorite authors,…show more content…
Victor again continues on the foreshadow of the danger of knowledge in chapter four when he says, “ how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man s who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow.” In this statement I personally believe that it relates to another famous quote originally said by Thomas Gray in 1742 that reads, plain and simply, “ignorance is bliss.” Basically, I believe that Victor is saying blessed, lucky, are the people in the world who do not desire that he does to search for knowledge until there is no more to be learned. Saying this, however, also implies that intelligence would be misery. So if the statement, and the relation of the statement to Victor’s quote in the novel, are both correct, then why do so many men like Victor, both in the story and in the real world, grasp for every piece of knowledge possible to attain what they believe is an accomplishment. Like so many other questions that have driven people into overwhelming amounts of information, this question does not have an answer. Which brings around another argument in the case that to much knowledge is dangerous; what if the population dedicates a large percentage of lives to research and the quest for knowledge only to find that there will be no way to ever answer
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