Theme Of Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, knowledge is a theme utilized for multiple purposes throughout the novel. The knowledge theme of Frankenstein is shown through the use of knowledge and imagination, which are Victor Frankenstein’s primary source of power; This is continuously shown by the effects of science and scientific advances, a new comprehension of nature, and nature’s revenge. The human race has existed for a long time, and will continue to exist in an ever changing, dynamic society. For this to be possible people need to have a desire for knowledge. The want to explore, to create new things, and to have a greater understanding of the world we live in should all lead to better and greater things. Even with this, too much knowledge can be a bad thing, as shown in this novel. This creates and maintains the character’s quests for validation and glory, which ultimately leads to self-destruction and the degrading of their humanity. By examining the relationship of knowledge to the characters of Victor, the Creature, and Walton, it can be analysed that the theme of knowledge was most likely used as a warning against the thinking of the Enlightenment and similar…show more content…
The desire for knowledge is a necessity, but when taken too far knowledge can have horrible effects, for also the ones around them. The theme of dangerous knowledge in Frankenstein presents that, normally, the search for knowledge is encouraged and sometimes pressed, but as shown in Frankenstein, that quest can lead to too much knowledge, presenting devastating consequences and driving them to their fate. "If one shuns their knowledge, it can lead to self-destruction not only to one's self but also to everyone around them." Throughout the novel, knowledge is portrayed to have no positives, thus, the idea that knowledge can be both a blessing and a curse is supported by Mary Shelley in her novel,
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