Derek Gibbins Frankenstein Research Paper

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Derek Gibbins The Creature Completes Frankenstein Frankenstein, speaking of himself as a boy in his father’s home, points out that he believes he is nothing like Elizabeth. He decides to pursue the knowledge of the “world” through investigation and experience, while Elizabeth is more poetry oriented, if you will. As the novel progresses, it is clear that the meaning of the word “world” for Frankenstein is very close-minded. He is hungry for knowledge of the physical world and if he believes an idea is unrealized within society, he attempts to expand the idea in order to give it a better-known existence. He creates the creature, which he then rejects, because its physical body did not end up as he had imagined. Tossed into the world with no help and while still young in the brain, the creature begins his own journey to discover the meanings hidden in human language/society. Throughout this essay, I will discuss how the creature can be regarded as another half of…show more content…
He also learns that society has its own problems, like greed and corruption. Sadly, as he learns of these aspects of civilized life, the creature also learns of his own status within this system of society. To himself, he has no history, he rejects his creator, he does not possess anything, and he believed he “was not even of the same nature as man” (96). The creature’s ideas led to his own self-knowledge, and he realizes that knowledge essentially becomes an actual part of a person: “Of what a strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind, when it has once seized on it, like a lichen on the rock” (96) Just like a lichen on a rock, knowledge coats the mind. In order to see the world from under the lichen, one must look through the thickness as well as the color of the lichen, thus changing one’s perspective of the
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