Frankenstein Theme Essay

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Max Sicard Frankenstein “All men by nature desire knowledge.” The great philosopher Aristotle spoke these words while speaking of human intellect. This phrase is clearly depicted throughout time in the conquest of knowledge by man. Examples such as Sir Isaac Newton wanting the knowledge as to why an apple falls from a tree or Marie Curie desiring the knowledge of new elements and the effects of such elements might be a few that come to mind. But, in the quest for knowledge, danger is inevitable. Newton getting a bump on the head with an apple or Marie Curie dying due to the effects of radioactivity are on both ends of the scale of how dangerous knowledge can be to obtain. Many books throughout time have portrayed such a quest for the attainment of knowledge and the danger that may entails. One of such books is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Mary Shelley, a renowned writer in the 19th century, wrote the book with a clear theme that the search for the attainment of knowledge is not worth the danger it entails. The first example of how the search for the attainment of knowledge is not worth the danger it entails is through Frankenstein’s monster. The monster, Victor's horrific creation, throughout the book had incredible potential to be benevolent and pure from the time he was born, but his fascination with human nature, language, and desire to fit in led him to his terrible demise. The first way the monster tried to attain knowledge was through his fascination with human nature. Rejected by his creator and utterly alone, the monster learned what he could of human nature by eavesdropping on a family of cottage dwellers. These people eventually found out of the monsters eavesdropping and the monster was put in danger of being killed and getting his feelings hurt. Also, the monster tried to attain knowledge through his fascination with language. The monster listened to
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