By Stefan, David


This is about how the creature had to learn how to do pretty much everything on his own. Also how Victor had to learn about life and death by the way the creature murdered pretty much everyone he loved. We think Shelley is saying that knowledge is important but you have to be responsible about it.

Knowledge quotes

“It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn” chapter 2

Victor is talking here and he is saying how he wants to learn about life and death and how it works. After his mother died he really wanted to make sure no one close to him dies again.

“There only remained a resolution to return to my ancient studies, and to devote myself to a science for which I believed myself to possess a natural talent.” chapter 3

This is where Victor decides to devote his life to science. Science has always been his biggest interest and this is where he blocked off everything in his life even his family for science.

“From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation.” chapter 4

Victor decides that science is his sole purpose in life. He had to learn everything all over again because everything he learned before was wrong.

Knowledge quotes

“Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds, which I should first break through, and pour a torrent of light into our dark world.” chapter 4

Victor wants to learn how to make things come back to life. Again this is because his mom died and he took it really hard so he didn't want people close to him to die again.

“Through this work(Volney's Ruins of Empires) I obtained a cursory knowledge of history and a view of the several empires at present existing in the world; it gave me an insight into the manners, governments, and religions of the different nations of the earth.” Chapter 13

This is where the creature begins to learn how to read by reading this book that teaches him about the history of the world, religion, and all the different nations on earth.

"Every conversation of the cottagers now opened new wonders to me. While I listened to the instructions which Felix bestowed upon the Arabian, the strange system of human society was explained to me. I heard of the division of property, of immense wealth and squalid poverty, of rank, descent, and noble blood.” Chapter 13

Every time the creature listened in on the conversations of the cottagers he learned new things, new words to say, and he learned more about life. These people are how he learned the basics of the language and how to read and write. This is almost like his family.

"Of what a strange nature is knowledge!” Chapter 13

This is the creature talking about all this stuff he is learning. Also how he is reading plenty of books.

“One day, when I was oppressed by cold, I found a fire which had been left by some wandering beggars, and was overcome with delight at the warmth I experienced from it. In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain.” chapter 11

This is where the creature learned about fire and how hot it is and how it can keep him warm and cook food. Also he learned you cant touch it by sticking his hand in it and this is an example of how people learn things by trial and error.

Modern Connection

A modern connection to knowledge is that it is the same way with us. When we are young we have to learn lots of things by trail and error now we usually will have parents and wont have to start off on our own like Frankenstein did but its still difficult learning everything. Since Victor was very young he was always trying to learn. Nowadays most kids arent like that. We think kids should be more like Victor and try to learn as much as they can in the field that they love. Hopefully they will be more responsible about their knowledge.