The Depictation Of Science In Frankenstein

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When one thinks of the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, the concepts of knowledge and science are deeply inscribed in the mind. In her work, Mary Shelley tells the story of how one man attempted to emulate the knowledge of his day. Burning with a passion to invent the science of life, Victor Frankenstein soon realizes that such a desire to go beyond current knowledge will backfire and torment the remainder of his life. In the Gothic novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley conveys her attitudes towards science by portraying it as having the capability to exceed the bounds of human restraint. The overwhelming theme of science that is expressed in Frankenstein is that knowledge has the potential to go beyond the boundaries of human control. The reader first obtains the notion that Frankenstein had an urge to explore science in his discussion with Robert Walton. After Walton mentions to Frankenstein that he aims to go out into the word and seek knowledge and wisdom, Frankenstein states: “One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.” From this statement, the reader is first given a sense of foreshadowing that what Frankenstein will tell Walton about his past will be about how he attempted to pursue knowledge and how it affected his life. He recites that during his schooling at Ingolstadt, Frankenstein caught a real interest in the science of biological creation through his teacher M. Waldman. Afterward, Frankenstein acquired an eager curiosity to explore the realm of biological creation, where he states: “So much has been done…more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown power, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.” Here, Frankenstein frankly
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