Frankenstein Final Assessment

Knowledge by Brenden Beaver

Knowledge - Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.
Top 10 Notes: Frankenstein
Knowledge is a key component in the development of ones self. From the moment of birth to the last breathe, humans are constantly learning to improve ones self. Without the ability to gain knowledge, humans would not be able to survive.

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.


Besides, I had a contempt for the uses of modern natural philosophy. It was very different when the masters of the science sought immortality and power; such views, although futile, were grand; but now the scene was changed. The ambition of the inquirer seemed to limit itself to the annihilation of those visions on which my interest in science was chiefly founded. I was required to exchange chimeras of boundless grandeur for realities of little worth. (Shelley 32)

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.


"When night came again I found, with pleasure, that the fire gave light as well as heat and that the discovery of this element was useful to me in my food, for I found some of the offals that the travellers had left had been roasted, and tasted much more savoury than the berries I gathered from the trees. I tried, therefore, to dress my food in the same manner, placing it on the live embers. I found that the berries were spoiled by this operation, and the nuts and roots much improved." (Shelley 86)

The monster is trying to learn how to live through trial and error. He learns that cooking nuts tastes good but berries did not.


I also learned the science of letters as it was taught to the stranger, and this opened before me a wide field of for wonder an delight." (Shelley 99)

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.


"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." (Shelley 99)

The monster is learning to speak and learn the English language by observing people around him. Eventually he becomes for fluent than the Arabian.


Of what strange nature is knowledge! It clings to the mind when it has seized on it like a lichen on a rock. I wished sometimes to shake off all thought and feeling, but I learned that there was but one means to overcome the sensation of pain. (Shelley 101)

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.


"'When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, the, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? (Shelley 105)

The monster is learning that he is an outcast. He is figuring out he is not like other people.


"But Paradise Lost exited different and far deeper emotions. I read it, as I had read other volumes which had fallen into my hands, as a true story. It moved every feeling of wonder and awe that the picture of an omnipotent god warring with his creatures was capable of exiting. I often refereed to the several situations , as their similarity stuck me, to my own." (Shelley 110)

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.