Frankenstein Final Assessment

Knowledge can be a wonderful thing, but at the same time cause destruction

It is important because it can shape us as a person, and lead us to achieve many things. From the moment people are born, they gather information from around them by observing. Such as when your parents teach you to use utensils, or teach you to say "mama" or "papa". Once we have experiences, we try to take that information and change our behavior based on what we know. Everyone around you can affect how you turn out to be. Even listening to music today can help you learn. This is what the creature did. He learned to talk just like a regular baby by listening to the cottagers, and watching the movements of their mouths. While watching people, he eventually grasped the English language and could speak fluently, so he started to read. From reading those books, he learned about human history, and how at the same time humans can be gentle yet fierce. It leads to him questioning the fire, so he wonders how can something so good but become so bad? It is a different story with Victor Frankenstein. The knowledge he wanted to obtain was strictly forbidden. He used his knowledge to create the creature, which ended up causing mass chaos. So I've learned the ways that people can learn the best, and maybe I can add them to my school work.
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Born to Learn

Important Quotes

It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn; and whether it was the outward substance of things, or the inner spirit of nature and the mysterious soul of man that occupied me, still my inquiries were directed to the metaphysical, or, in it highest sense, the physical secrets of the world. (Shelley 23)

Victor admits that the things he needs to learn are forbidden. It starts to hint around at what is to come. As Shelley probably did before, the information he has obtained was by long lectures, studying, and some ran on pure luck.

The raising of ghosts or devils was a promise liberally accorded by my favorite authors, the fulfillment of which I most eagerly sought; and if my incantations were always unsuccessful, I attributed the failure rather to my own inexperience and mistake than to a want of skill or fidelity in my instructors. (Shelley 26)

This is also contributing to the fact that Victor wants to obtain this forbidden knowledge. He used his failures to learn how to do things more successfully. Shelley makes it so if this wasn't for the creature, he would have achieved great things.

So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve: treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation. (Shelley 33)

Once his professor died, Victor says he will pursuit the forbidden knowledge and succeed with all costs. He hasn't discovered anything yet so he was angry with himself and wishes to find out more. Shelley is hinting around that dark events are to come with having this knowledge.

In a thousand ways he smoothed for me the path of knowledge and made the most abstruse inquiries clear and facile to my apprehension. (Shelley 35)

He found a friend, M. Waldman, that motivated and taught him new things that would be useful for his experiment. Shelley is saying that motivational learning is one of the biggest because you want to learn these things.

None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. (Shelley 47)

As he talks with his friend, Victor is saying you can't understand unless you have experienced it yourself. In this book, it is explaining that this kind of knowledge is obtained by experience.

When I looked around I saw and heard of none like me. Was I, a monster, a blot upon the earth from which all men fled and whom all men disowned? (Shelley 101)

The creature gathers the reactions from other people and how they are afraid of him. With this knowledge, he figures out it is because he is different that everyone is terrified of him. Shelley makes it so this was learned by experience.


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