Knowledge In Frankenstein

Jake Fritch and Mark Pearce-Smith

Quotes About Knowledge


· Elizabeth was of a calmer and more concentrated disposition; but, with all my ardour, I was capable of a more intense application and was more deeply smitten with the thirst for knowledge. Chapter 2
  • Frankenstein had a drive to acquire more knowledge and didn’t spend much time with Elizabeth. This connects to knowledge because everyone wants to learn what they can so they know what going on in the world around them.

· In a thousand ways he smoothed for me the path of knowledge, and made the most abstruse inquiries clear and facile to my apprehension. My application was at first fluctuating and uncertain; it gained strength as I proceeded, and soon became so ardent and eager that the stars often disappeared in the light of morning whilst I was yet engaged in my laboratory. Chapter 4
  • He is talking about how Waldman made his pursuit of knowledge easier. He struggled at first, but this drove him to do better. This can connect to knowledge because everyone can struggle a bit when learning something.

· I improved, however, sensibly in this science, but not sufficiently to follow up any kind of conversation, although I applied my whole mind to the endeavour, for I easily perceived that, although I eagerly longed to discover myself to the cottagers, I ought not to make the attempt until I had first become master of their language, which knowledge might enable me to make them overlook the deformity of my figure, for with this also the contrast perpetually presented to my eyes had made me acquainted. Chapter 12
  • He wants to reveal himself to the people in the cottage but he does not want to until he can speak their language good so they can understand him. This connects to knowledge because many people use it to prove themselves almost like the monster is trying to do to the people in the cottage.

· Safie was always gay and happy; she and I improved rapidly in the knowledge of language, so that in two months I began to comprehend most of the words uttered by my protectors. Chapter 13
  • He watches the people in the cottage and learns to speak from hearing others talk. One way this can connect to knowledge is many people can learn from observations and listening.

· Many things I read surpassed my understanding and experience. I had a very confused knowledge of kingdoms, wide extents of country, mighty rivers, and boundless seas. But I was perfectly unacquainted with towns and large assemblages of men. The cottage of my protectors had been the only school in which I had studied human nature, but this book developed new and mightier scenes of action. Chapter 15
  • He doesn’t know everything and he is still confused by the world surrounding him and know he has a book to read from. Many people may learn from observing, but a lot also acquire knowledge from books like the monster is in this quote.

· As Mr. Kirwin said this, notwithstanding the agitation I endured on this retrospect of my sufferings, I also felt considerable surprise at the knowledge he seemed to possess concerning me. Chapter 21
  • He is surprised at the knowledge Mr. Kirwin has about him. This can relate to knowledge because people today know many things about others lives

· You, who call Frankenstein your friend, seem to have a knowledge of my crimes and his misfortunes. But in the detail which he gave you of them he could not sum up the hours and months of misery which I endured wasting in impotent passions. Chapter 24

  • He talks about how everyone who knows Victor knows of the monsters crimes, but they don’t know of the misery the monster went through. This connects to knowledge because Victor gave some details about the monster but he didn’t get all the facts of what the monster went through and sometimes in life you won’t get all the facts about what you want to know.

Education Statistics

  1. Our nation’s education assessment is largely derived from graduation rate. Every year, only 69 percent of American high school seniors earn their diploma.
  2. Thirty years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 18th out of 23 industrialized countries.
  3. Each year, 1.3 million high school students fail to graduate on time.
    • The states with the highest graduation rates (80-89 percent) are Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
    • The states with the lowest graduation rates (less than 60 percent) are Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia, and South Carolina.
  4. The 6 million high schoolers in the bottom 25 percent of their class are 20 times more likely to drop out than their peers in the top 25 percent.
  5. If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.
  6. Approximately 6 million students grades 7 through 12 are struggling to read at grade-level. Among the highest, 70 percent of 8th graders read below the standard.
  7. Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14 percent of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33 percent leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50 percent leave by their 5th year.
  8. In the workplace, 85 percent of current jobs and 90 percent of new jobs require some or more college or postsecondary education.
  9. Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.
  10. In schools made up of 75 percent or more low-income students, there are triple the number of out-of-field teachers than in wealthier school districts.
  11. High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the four core subjects of English, reading, math, and science.


http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=42

Modern Connections To Knowledge In Frankenstein

How knowledge in Frankenstein connect to the modern day?
  • In Frankenstein victor is obsessed with his studies with life and death. Today many people become so involved in education they forget about the other important things in life such as friends, family, and maybe even a significant other. We can see this happen to Victor in the story.
  • Another connection we can make is with the way we learn. In the story Victors monster learns by observing other people. He watches the people in the cottage.Today many people either sit back and listen in class because that's how they learn best or they might take a more hands on approach and get involved.
  • One more connection we can make is with Mr. Kirwin. Victor is surprised of the knowledge Mr. Kirwin has about Victor. We see this in modern day because people are posting stuff about their daily lives on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. This gives us a constant stream of knowledge about others lives that we may or may not want to know about.