Knowledge

Mary Shellys' Frankenstien

What is knowledge?

facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Knowledge seen in Frankenstein

"I saw no cause for her happiness yet I was deeply affected by it." (Shelly 91)


  • The creature notices that the mom in the family is feeling happy and isn't sure why.
  • This quote shows knowledge because you can tell the creature is learning about feelings and sympathy, he just isn't sure about why he's feeling this way yet.
"I remembered too well the treatment I had suffered the night before from the barbarous villagers." (Shelly 91)


  • The creature remembers the feeling f being beaten by the villagers
  • This quote shows the creature is gaining knowledge because you can tell her is starting to learn that his appearance is a factor and people are going to treat him as a creature because he looks like one.
"I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then, but when those muscles and joints were rendered motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived." (Shelly 43)


  • Victor finishes the creature and realizes how ugly it is when it moves.
  • This shows knowledge because it is the point in the story where Victor realizes what he did was a big mistake.

"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." (Shelly 14)


  • Victor is talking to Walden and telling him to be careful during his endeavor
  • This quote shows us that Victor has a passion for learning and knowledge and he is trying to help Walden realize it's something you need to be careful with.
"I had been accustomed during the night to steal a part of their store for my own consumption, but when I found that in doing this I inflicted pain on the cottagers," (shelly 92)

  • The creature stole food from the cottagers for himself and he realized that it was starting to effect them so he got upset and felt bad
  • This quote shows knowledge because the creature learned what was right and wrong when he stole the food and saw their reaction.

"I distinguished several other words without being able as yet to understand or apply them."

  • The creature is watching the family and trying to learn words by listening in on what they're saying
  • This shows knowledge because this is the point in the story where the creature begins to learn dialogue.

*Modern Connections*

Easier to obtain

According to Forbes, knowledge is a lot less important and powerful now then it was back in the 1600's. For example, in the article, they explain how back in the 1600's if you wanted to become a stonemason you would start off as a masters apprentice and he wouldn't have to pay you. He could do this because he was the only place you could access the knowledge needed to become a stonemason. Now a days it's much easier to find information and gain knowledge on a certain topic so you don't have to go to a master in the field you want to join just to join it. It makes the master less powerful today than back in the 1600's.

Transfer of Knowledge

The Washington Post article about knowledge now a days starts off by talking about the "transfer of learning." The transfer of learning is the ability to take the information you learn while doing one thing in school and applying it to another problem or situation that is a little different. There are a couple types of transfer. One type of transfer is near or "nearer" transfer of learning. Nearer transfer of learning is the transfer of learning from one type of subject to a subject that is very similar and easy to transfer. The second type of transfer of learning is Far or "farther". The farther transfer of learning is a little more difficult. When you use this type you are taking the information you learned from one subject and making a harder transfer of that knowledge to a subject that is a little different.

Modern Connections Works Cited

"Knowledge Is Power? Not Anymore." Forbes. Forbes Magazine, n.d. Web. 12 Nov. 2015.


"The Real Stuff of Schooling: How to Teach Students to Apply Knowledge." Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.