The Dangers Of Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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It is good to be determined and passionate about the things that you are learning and doing, but it is not good to become obsessive about anything. In most cases obsession tends to lead people down the wrong path or cause them to make the wrong decisions in their life. One of the things that people used to be obsessed with was knowledge. This is because people knew so little about the world and about themselves. People were very curious about certain things and some decided to accidentally try things out which led to discoveries. But others decided to become obsessed about the subject that they were studying and destroy their lives in the process. One example is Frankenstein. He was a giant dumb smart person that was also obsessive about science…show more content…
Why did he not listen to the warnings that people was giving him? Well people were warning Frankenstein not study alchemy and the books that he was studying was trash. So why did he not listen? Well his excuse for not listening to his father was “my father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child’s blindness, added to a student’s thirst for knowledge” (Shelley 21). He basically said that his father did not know anything about science and he did not listen to him because of it. This is how he judge people when it comes to knowledge. When a person says something that he doesn’t agree with or don’t want to hear he finds a reason not to listen to them. Like with M. Krempe, Frankenstein’s entire reason for not listening to him is because of his looks. Krempe is not beautiful enough to give him advice. Not only that but Frankenstein dislikes how they tell him. They can appear somewhat mean when they tell him that alchemy is no longer practiced. Frankenstein wants to learn to create life and wants to basically be god. He wants to know about alchemy and whether or not it can be done. But “this view of knowledge suggests a one-way relationship between learner and knowledge. The role of the learner is to obtain the knowledge or make the discovery, and then pass it on to others. It is not to engage or reflect critically in any way” (Gómez 364). Of course Frankenstein is curious but he doesn’t want to learn so…show more content…
Well, Monster started to teach himself and at the same time stalk Frankenstein. But why stalk the man that left you behind. Well it seemed like Monster was abandoned and attacked so much to the point that he couldn’t help but feel insecure about himself. He started to question his reason for being created. Maybe that is why monster started to stalk Frankenstein because Frankenstein created him. Monster had no reason for being so he made his reason for being his creator. Monster wanted his creator to feel what he felt for that two years and understand what it felt like to be alone. This all goes back to Frankenstein being a parent. This also shows what happened when “he violates a primal contract, the universal contract between creator and created, which specifies that the father owes his children the means to live, that creation mandates nurture. Frankenstein can create but he cannot nourish” (Vargish 329). It points to that because the monster could have been able to get pass that if he had that one person to be there every step of the way. If Frankenstein was to nourish him mentally the monster probably wouldn’t have killed so many people. Look at the end when Frankenstein dies, Monster is pretty heartbroken about it. He has lost his reason for being. He has no idea what to do with his life without his father. So maybe the reason Monster chose to use violence was because that was all he experienced and all he basically

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