Victor Frankenstein: The Pursuit Of Knowledge In Frankenstein

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“Learn from me- if not by my precepts, at least by my example- how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.” (38-39)

In this quote, Victor Frankenstein is trying to teach a valuable lesson to his new friend, Dr. Walton. He declares the pursuit of knowledge to be dangerous, and that it is better to be ignorant than to know too much. This passage holds a very important meaning that is portrayed throughout the whole book. Frankenstein was determined to create his experiment to discover how life was given, and how life and death “worked”. With pursuing this knowledge; he created a monster that haunted
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Elizabeth, Victor’s future wife and cousin, exclaimed this while visiting their good friend, Justine, in jail who was wrongly accused of the murder of William Frankenstein, when it really was the monster who did it. This quote is also extremely meaningful because it also applies to the conflict between Victor Frankenstein and the monster. The monster hunts and kills all of the people whom Victor loved- his brother, friend, best friend, wife, and father to punish Victor for his crimes as an act of retribution. Likewise, Victor refuses to create a companion for the creature, and is hunting him down to kill him. Victor and the monster both claim that they seek retribution, but they are both driven by revenge. The quote makes the reader think whether retribution and revenge are two separate and different concepts or…show more content…
In this quote, Victor Frankenstein’s fate is decided by the monster. This quote takes place near the end of the book, when Victor is visiting the graves of all his loved ones killed by the monster. When the monster tells him that he is satisfied that Frankenstein has “determined to live”, the reader can infer that the monster wants Victor to live with his pain and guilt instead of dying along with his loved ones defeating the monster. This quote no longer makes the reader feel pity for the monster, but disgust or even anger. The quote is also terrifying and creepy with an eerie setting. This monologue is beautifully written and easily caught my
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