Frankenstein Assessment: Knowledge

By Julia Nitchman

Knowledge

Throughout the book, Frankenstein's creature makes many discoveries. In chapter 12 the creature was observing the cottagers and he, "saw no cause for their unhappiness, yet [he] was deeply affected by it" (Shelley 91). Here, the creature is learning the emotion of sympathy. The creature can feel just as any human can.

Frankenstein Learning About Human Interaction

Frankenstein's Monster Meets the Blind Old Man

Victor's Journal

"Another circumstance strengthened and confirmed these feelings. Soon after my arrival in the hovel I discovered some papers in the pocket of the dress which I had taken from your laboratory. At first I had neglected them, but now that I was able to decipher the characters in which they were written, I began to study them with diligence. It was your journal of the four months that preceded my creation" (Shelley 110). In this quote, the monster explains to Victor that he taught himself to read. After the creature read the journal, he learned about Victor's thoughts and became very upset.
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"This was then the reward of my benevolence! I had saved a human being from destruction, and as a recompense I now writhed under the miserable pain of a wound which shattered the flesh and bone. The feelings of kindness and gentleness which I had entertained but a few moments before gave place to hellish rage and gnashing of teeth. Inflamed by pain, I vowed eternal hatred and vengeance to all mankind." (Shelley 121). In this quote, the creature learns that no matter how loving and kind he is, he is still hated by others due to his appearance. Here the creature gets upset at humans.

Modern Day Connections

Children now a days learn to communicate through watching their family members interact with eachother. This is similar to how the creature learned to communicate by watching the cottagers. The Child and Youth Health website says that children get value from listening to others voices, similar to how the creature did.
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21st Century Classroom

The infographic pictured above goes into detail about modern day learning. In the 21st century we see a lot of technology being used throughout the classroom such as apps for iphones or tablets, computers, and even electronic teaching boards. Today students even have the option to take online courses! None of this was available when the book took place, so the creature had to teach himself everything.

Works Cited

"8 in 10 Teachers Think Tablets Can Improve Classroom Learning [infographic] - TabTimes." TabTimes. N.p., 06 Aug. 2012. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.


"How Children Learn." Parenting and Child Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2015.


Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus. New York, NY: Signet, 2000. Print.