Frankenstein: Jordan Nonnenberg


One of the Creatures life lessons was knowledge. When the creature came to life, Frankenstein realized how horrifying it was and he was upset with himself for creating such a thing, so Frankenstein left him. The creature was like a new born baby, he knew nothing; he didn't know how to do anything like talking.


"In my joy I thrust my hand into the live embers, but quickly drew it out again with a cry of pain." (Shelley p.85)

In this quote, the creature learned to make fire, but he also learned that the fire is hot and you will get burned if you touch it. This is one of his first learning experiences.


"I perceived that the words they spoke sometimes produced pleasure or pain, smiles or sadness, in the minds and countenance of the hearers." (Shelley p.92)

The creature is starting to realize that the cottagers were doing something that he could hear, but he didn't understand it quite yet. But he understood that their speaking expressed how they felt and changed the emotions of the people they are talking to.


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

The creature has learned how to read, write, and know the purpose of a letter. The old man was teaching the creature and he gave him a book choice to read so get some more knowledge and to learn how to read better.

"Through this work I obtained a cursory knowledge of history and a view of the several empires at present existing in the world;..." (Shelley p.100)

The old mad chose "Ruins of Empires" for the creature to read. The creature gained more knowledge of history and gave him some ideas of manners, religion, and government of different countries in the world.


"I found that the youth spent a great part of each day collecting wood for the family fire, and during the night I often took this tool, the use of which I quickly discovered and brought home firing sufficient for the consumption of several days... I remember, the first time that I did this, the young woman, when she opened that door in the morning, appeared greatly astonished on seeing a great pile of wood on the outside." (Shelley p.92)

At first, the creature was taking the cottagers wood for the night so he could also stay worm. But he knew that needed it, so he collected wood to replenish their wood pile because he felt bad that he was taking their things for his own purpose.

"How people reacted to his appearence

"The whole village was roused; some fled, some attacked me, until, grievously bruised by stones and many other kinds of missile weapons...the children shrieked and one of the women fainted." (Shelley p.87)

This is when the creature decided to walk around in the village and find a place to eat and sleep. Someone spotted him, saw how hideous he was and everyone started attacking because they thought he was going to attack and hurt them first.

Modern Connections

Schooling: The goal of any class is not to memorize the information to pass a test, but to be able to learn and apply it to everyday situations and life. It's about the '"transfer of learning," applying what one has learned in a particular situation to another in a different context." (Strauss)

In the story "Frankenstein," the creature was able to apply his knowledge to his life and situations that was going on around him. He took his surroundings and situations and learned from them and learned from the people around him, the cottagers. He took this knowledge and put it into place where he could communicate and find Victor and try to make him create a female creature so he could live happy, but Victor wouldn't so the creature used his language to threaten Victor and he used his knowledge of revenge and strength to accomplish his revenge.

"Knowledge is not power": "...there's no point in trying to cram tons of it (knowledge) into your head on the assumption it will make you special and give you power. It won't...Over the next few months, I expanded my role in the IPO effort, working two jobs. I didn't eat properly or exercise regularly. At least three nights a week, I'd crash, exhausted, in a hotel room near Google's headquarters. I'd struggle to sleep, only to drag my exhausted self back to work first thing the next morning. I had lots of crazy-intense headaches and vertigo and I lost about 45 pounds...I was a mess." (Merrill)

In "Frankenstein," Victor gathered the knowledge to bring a human/ creature back to life. He crammed so much information on trying to bring something back to life possible and he thought that if he was able to make it possible, that he would have so much power, who knows what else he could do, and he would be memorable. But he never thought about the consequences of creating this creature. His knowledge and focus on this got to his head and ruined his life. Also, he messed up his body because he was so focused on his experiment, he was also a mess.

Work Cited

  • Merrill, Douglas. "Knowledge Is Power? Those Days Are Long Gone."Forbes. Forbes Magazine, 1 Oct. 2012. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft,. Frankenstein ; with a New Foreword by Walter James Miller and an Afterword by Harold Bloom. Signet: n.p., 2000. Print.
  • Strauss, Valerie. "The Real Stuff of Schooling: How to Teach Students to Apply Knowledge." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 24 Mar. 2015. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.