Frankenstein Final Assessment - Luke Jones

What is knowledge?

Oxford Dictionary defines knowledge as: Facts, information, and skills acquired by a person through experience or education; the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

BKBC Animations - What is Knowledge?

Victor Frankenstein | Quote

"One man's life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race."(Shelley 19)

In this quote Shelley shows the lengths that Victor will go to obtain a greater knowledge, and how he is going to try everything to acquire that knowledge, even if that means he is going to have to risk someone else's life.

Waldman | Quote

"You seek for knowledge and wisdom, as I once did; and I ardently hope that the gratification of your wishes may not be a serpent to sting you, as mine has been."(Shelley 22)

In this quote Waldman is explaining to Victor about how knowledge can sometimes be dangerous, and he is telling victor that he hopes it doesn't blow up in his face.

Victor Frankenstein | Quote

"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 46)

This quote is telling us how Victor Is going to work as hard as he cant to go to places that nobody has ever gone before in order to discover new knowledge that nobody has ever fathomed to discover.

Waldman | Quote

"Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow." (Shelley 53)

In this quote Waldman is telling Victor that knowledge isn't everything, that it is dangerous to explore and sometimes it is better off that you think that there is not anything more to learn so you just stay in the bubble of knowledge that you already have.

The Creature | Quote

"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 121)

This quote shows The Creatures discovery of fire, also, indirectly, the dangers of obtaining such knowledge. When he discovers this fire, he also discovers that it cooks food and provide warmth for him. This is a type of basic knowledge, but it is one of the first steps of knowledge in the creature becoming a complex being.

The Creature | Quote

"I cannot describe to you the agony that these reflections inflicted upon me; I tried to dispel them, but sorrow only increased with knowledge." (Shelley 141)

In this quote the teacher is telling us that as he grows and he learns, he only gets more disgusted with himself and sees himself as even more of an outcast.

Modern Connection

Plastic Surgery

Throughout Frankenstein one of the things that the Creature wants the most is to be normal and accepted. A lot of people in today's society have low self esteem and would be a lot more comfortable if they looked a different way. Whether it is getting a different shaped nose, a face lift, or Botox to make your lips more plump, people do this to try to get rid of their insecurities. Someone with a deformed face, like the Creature had, can now get certain surgeries to make them look a little bit more "normal". Doctors can now transplant hair in places it it wouldn't grow, they can reshape your skin, make scars less noticeable. This would have been very useful for the creature because he could have at least gotten all of his facial scars removed, which would most likely help him feel more accepted when interacting with society.
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Works Cited

  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Harold Bloom. Frankenstein: Or, the Modern Prometheus. New York, NY: Signet, 2000. Print.
  • "Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery." John Hopkins Medicine. John Hopkins University, n.d. Web. 15 Nov. 2015.
  • BKBC Animations - What Is Knowledge? Perf. Knowledge Management. Youtube, 2015. Youtube.