Theme Of Knowledge In Frankenstein

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Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" presents many themes which are universal in today's society. Some of the characters such as Victor Frankenstein, Robert Walton, and the monster, are related by the themes in this book. The themes in which these characters are related are monstrosity, secrecy, and dangerous knowledge. Knowledge is something that can be good, but dangerous. All of these characters have an ambition for intelligence, which they deal with in different ways. Victor wanted to make a creation of life from lifeless matter, and he sought to do so no matter what. Frankenstein then begins to study hard and becomes a victim of desolation, leaving him detached from his family and friends to accomplish this outrageous goal of creating life. Through his curiosity he creates a creature, who at first was a beautiful thought, but turned into his very own nightmare. For Victor, his creation, the creature, was his dangerous knowledge, leading to a series of haunting events for him. While Walton journeys to the…show more content…
The monster can be seen as monstrous because he is hideously ugly and rejected by society. However, he is also monstrous because he lost his innocence by killing people that were innocent to get revenge on Frankenstein. The monster kills everyone who was close to Frankenstein, including Elizabeth, the person he loved the most since childhood. This vendetta was the result of Victor breaking his promise to make a companion. Frankenstein himself also has a monstrosity to him because his ambition, secrecy, and selfishness make him isolated from society. Isolation is the key that makes these characters monstrous, because without the love and comfort of others it makes you less and less human. That is why the monster really desired a companion. Though isolation effected Frankenstein, the true reason he was monstrous was because he was consumed with hatred of something he created
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