With Great Knowledge Comes Great Responsibility: Frankenstein

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Plato once said, “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” Some believe that the desire for knowledge and the emotions that arise from it can be dangerous. This assumption is incorrect because possessing vast amounts of knowledge causes many positive impacts everywhere. Knowledge is not dangerous because it causes advancements in the lives of others which leads to a more harmonious society. Too much knowledge is not dangerous because, when given to the right individuals, it can save lives. Telling the truth can be seen as frightening, but informing others of the knowledge one possesses is paramount. This can be seen in the deaths of William and Justine on which Victor reflects, “Did any one indeed…show more content…
“I generally rested during the day and travelled only when I was secured by night from the view of man” is a similar example found in the creature’s traveling habits after his confrontation with the DeLaceys (Shelley 120). When the monster is rejected by the DeLaceys, while it hurts him, it prepares him for other humans’ reactions towards him. “He wholeheartedly expects the DeLaceys—who indirectly educate him to be good and kindhearted—to overlook his deformed figure and become his friends, only to find that this virtuous family whom he has ‘sincerely love[d]’(108) is not much different from the barbarous villagers who attacked him earlier in the novel” represents how the reactions towards the monster may have hardened his heart yet kept him safe from harm (Chao 225). If they hadn’t harshly rejected him, he may not have traveled at night and been attacked by humans. The extensive knowledge of the cruelty of humans is the main reason he lived so long. This proves that comprehensive knowledge is absolutely not a hindrance and is actually an advantage in life. Throughout history, examples of technological advances against the approval of the general populations are in abundance. In the early to mid 1600’s, Galileo Galilei made many scientific and mathematical discoveries. However, in this time period, many did not agree with his claims as when the Church ordered Galileo to keep quiet about his theories about the Earth orbiting around the Sun.
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