Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein : The Pursuit Of Knowledge Essay

1339 Words Jan 15th, 2016 6 Pages
Will Durant, an American writer from 1935 to 1975, once said “Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul,”. This becomes the sad truth for many characters in Frankenstein as the pursuit of knowledge takes over their lives. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, she introduces Victor Frankenstein, a self-declared cursed man who in pursuit of fame, created a superhuman using dead body parts. Victor relays his tale to Robert Walton, a man with a similar pursuit after his creation kills his entire family. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelley conveys the dangers of knowledge through similarities between several character’s experiences, proving that although knowledge is a powerful tool, it has the ability to blind oneself from reality and often leads to sadness, rage and even death.
Victor Frankenstein became obsessed with knowledge, causing him to isolate himself and blinded him to the nature and consequences of his actions. Victor’s obsession lead him to a dangerous path that caused his life to be ruined and shows the dangers knowledge can possess over one’s life. Victor became passionate in the creation of the Creation, and lost himself. When describing his experience to Robert Walton he states, “I had worked hard for nearly two years, for the sole purpose of infusing life into an inanimate body. For this I had deprived myself of rest and health. I had desired it with an ardour that far exceeded moderation;” (Shelley 43). Victor had become narrow-minded and solely…

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