Analysis Of The Accumulation Of Knowledge By Mary Shelley

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“I abhorred the face of man. Oh, not abhorred! they were my brethren, my fellow beings, and I felt attracted even to the most repulsive among them, as to creatures of an angelic nature and celestial mechanism” (Shelley 170)
• To regard with disgust and hatred.
• To regard with extreme repugnance or aversion; detest utterly; loathe; abominate.
• To dislike (someone or something) very much
In this context “abhorred” is use to further express Victor’s distress and express the disdain that he has against himself for releasing the creature into the society of man. The word itself implies a great distress and repulsion for something, of which allows a better comprehension of Victor’s emotional suffering. As Victor’s Father intends to improve his
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As the knowledge of the creature increases Shelley is able to convey more intricate layers of humanity. In this case through a form of literature, the creature becomes fascinated with the creation of man “‘Their melancholy is soothing, and their joy elevating, to a degree I never experienced…When you read their writings, life appears to consist in a warm sun and a garden of rose…’” (Shelley 56-57). Which reflects the complex human development of literature. However Shelley also uses the creature’s perception to reflect the unintentional judgmental side of humanity. While the creature attempts to save a girl, with the intention of doing the right thing “I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now withered under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone” he questions the actions of the human as he had felt that he did the right thing (Shelley 128). Although somewhat aware of human interaction, this surprises the creature as he is very…show more content…
Although Victor greatly admire the pursuit of science and the ambition of creation, his suffering is intended as a cautionary warning of action. Victor asserts to Walton “Learn from me, if not by my precepts…how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge” of which he understands from his previous experience (Shelley 40). This caution of the pursuit of scientific knowledge intends to inform anyone that may dare attempt this taboo task. Shelley perhaps intended this to warn people who may even challenge other daunting or impossible task that goes against the natural order. Frankenstein once again reflects upon his suffering as he “…felt as if I had committed some great crime, the consciousness of which haunted me…I had indeed drawn down a horrible curse upon my head, as mortal as that of crime” once again warning those ambitious enough to try to interfere with nature (Shelley 148). In its entirety, Frankenstein reflects upon Victor’s consequence of his attempt at creation of which his mental suffering consumed

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