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. (Chapter 4)/ Dr. Frankenstein is trying to warn them about the pursuit of knowledge and the consequences that can follow. He tells them it is better to be a man who loves his life the way it is, than to be the man who tries to be greater than the world.

You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been.(Letter 4)/ He is telling them that he hopes there journey for knowledge isn't as rough and hard as his pursuit. He warns them that the pursuit can be rough.

What may not be expected in a country of eternal light?

(Letter 1)/ This quote explains one of the main themes in Frankenstein which is knowledge. The light is an example of the pursuit of knowledge. In the book this is Victors goal in life to chase the ultimate pursuit of knowledge.

(Letter 1)

The importance of knowledge in Frankenstein is portrayed very well by Mary Shelly. Throughout the book Shelly shows Knowledge as something that is bad and brings severe consequences. She portrays this by taking us through Victor Frankenstein life, and explaining to us his rough journey in the pursuit of knowledge.

"My days were spent in close attention, that I might more speedily master the language; and I may boast that I improved more rapidly than the Arabian, who understood very little and conversed in broken accents, whilst I comprehended and could imitate almost every word that was spoken." (Chapter 13)

This shows that Frankenstein really wanted to learn more about the human culture. He worked very hare to learn how to understand, speak, read, and write the language. Frankenstein had a lot to learn, but he had enough passion for knowledge that he was able to learn it.

"I trod heaven in my thoughts, now exulting in my powers, now burning with the idea of their effects. From my infancy I was imbued with high hopes and a lofty ambition." (chapter 24)

This shows that Frankenstein was meant for this. He was a very intelligent person and was made to study this advanced kind of science. If anyone was going to try to create a creature for different body parts it would be Victor.

"The die is cast; I have consented to return if we are not destroyed. Thus are my hopes blasted by cowardice and indecision; I come back ignorant and disappointed. It requires more philosophy than I possess to bear this injustice with patience." (24.37)

"My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child's blindness, added to a student's thirst for knowledge." (chapter 2)

Walton realizes that he would rather have his life than new knowledge which is the opposite of Frankenstein who chooses the dangers of exploration over his safety.

"My father was not scientific, and I was left to struggle with a child's blindness, added to a student's thirst for knowledge." (chapter 2)

Victor blames the creation of the monster on the fact that his father was not a scientist so therefore he did not have a good background of science. He also blames it on his interest and drive to learn more and discover new thinks in science.


This article is a modern connection to the work of Victor Frankenstein. It talks about what cloning is and how it works. The term cloning describes a number of different processes that can be used to produce genetically identical copies of a biological entity.
There are three types of cloning:
  • gene cloning
  • reproductive cloning
  • therapeutic cloning
"Cloning Fact Sheet." Cloning Fact Sheet. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Mar. 2014.