Victor Frankenstein Knowledge Is Harmful

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Knowledge Is Harmful
In Mary Shelley’s horror fiction novel, Frankenstein or The Modern Day Prometheus, many literary elements and motifs are expressed. The action in this novel picks up after the main character Victor Frankenstein, creates a monster in his lab. This enormous event eventually leads to the murdering of his wife, friend, and his younger brother. One important theme that is expressed in this novel is that if knowledge is not used wisely, it can be a very dangerous and destructive tool.
The idea of knowledge and having an education plays a huge role in the beginning of the novel. When Robert Walton, a sailor exploring the northern passage, was in the midst of his voyage, he reflected on his past studies when he said, “My education was neglected yet, I was passionately fond of reading”(Shelley 2). Although Walton was not able to attain a normal education in school, he still found a way to learn and expand his knowledge by reading. Before Frankenstein tells his life story, he says to Walton, “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”(15). This quote displays Frankenstein’s guilt, knowing he made some wrong choices when seeking for more knowledge. As shown, both Robert Walton and Victor Frankenstein’s knowledge and understanding of nature, led them to either success or devastation.
Second, Frankenstein reflects on his past experiences, which

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