Frankenstein Final Assessment
Knowledge can be a wonderful thing, but at the same time cause destruction
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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