Frankenstein Final Assessment
Knowledge by Brenden Beaver
I believe that knowledge is the most important virtue one posses because what someone learns, structures them socially, morally, and academically.
Knowledge is ever growing, and in todays modern society, we thrive off of it. Scientists are constantly pushing the limits of technology and learning new things like Victor did, as well as learning through trail and error like the monster. 3D printing is a prime example of this. Previous to the last couple of years, the technology for this did not exist, but now thanks to a few people who pushed the boundaries of science, 3D printing is now possible. It would not be nearly as efficient if many different types of printers were made and tested using trial and error.
Frankenstein now seeks the key to immortality. The idea seems a little far fetched, but he is now on the pursuit of knowledge to find the key to immortality.
The monster is trying to learn how to live through trial and error. He learns that cooking nuts tastes good but berries did not.
The monster learns how to read, which opens up many more possibilities. This new knowledge will help him learn how to interact with people in the future.
The monster is learning to speak and learn the English language by observing people around him. Eventually he becomes for fluent than the Arabian.
The monster has learned more than he wanted to. Once he gains knowledge, he cannot let it go. He now knows he is deformed and there is little hope for him to ever fit in. He wished that he was unaware of his deformity to save him the pain and agony he goes through.
The monster is reading the book, Paradise Lost, and is learning about people and how they behave. He used this book to add to his knowledge, so he can fit in with people more easily and interact with them normally.
'In a fit of enthusiastic madness I created a rational creature and was bound towards him to assure, as far as was in my power, his happiness and well-being . . . I refused, and I did right in refusing, to create a companion for the first creature. He showed unparalleled malignity and selfishness in evil; he destroyed my friends . . . Miserable himself that he may render no other wretched, he ought to die. The task of his destruction was mine, but I have failed.'" (Shelley 199-200)
Frankenstein refuses to make the monster a mate. He does this because he has learned what the monster is capable of. He now has the knowledge to know that nothing good will come from it. In addition, he has also forgetting a few things on how to create a monster.
- Frankenstein thrives on the pursuit of knowledge as he try's and test the limits of science by creating the monster. This pursuit of knowledge ended up being dangerous, causing destruction to Victors loved ones. Walton is very similar to victory. Walton is trying to do what has never been done and become a legend, but at the end of the book walton decides to pull back having learned from Victors example.