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Knowledge Seeking Victor In Mary Shelley´S Frankenstein

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At the start of the novel the Creature has clear childlike characteristics. Aside from having the inability to speak, read and write the Creature is described as having “yellow skin”(Shelley 51) and “watery eyes”(Shelley 51), traits associated with a newborn. Once usually connects newborns to innocence and purity which can correlate to Shelley’s view that men are born innocent, but through social pressure are able to develop a destructive and dangerous character.
“I was departed on none and related to none. The path of my department was free, and there was none to lament my annihilation”(Shelley 114). Due to the Creature’s isolation the only influence present was the world around him. Throughout the novel Shelley “illustrates that several factors can impose limits and bounds on one’s nature.” These limits and bonds consist of “Physical appearence and consequent social alienation”. Although the imposed limits do have an effect on one's attitude, Shelly demonstrates that the nature of man consists of “both circumstance and personal choice”. In the novel the question ;“Was man, indeed at once so powerful, so virtuous and magnificent, yet so vicious and base?”(Shelley 80) is posed. Through this Shelley is distinctly referencing a humans ability to possess both good and bad qualities. As the creature must surpass “The unnatural hideousness of [his]person" (Shelley 89) Shelly emphasizes the correlation between how society perceives the creature and how that perception eventually affects the Creatures view of himself.“ It is only upon being rejected because of his appearence that the creature becomes the monster that Frankeinstein sees him as ” The creature is shown to have good qualities such as empathy such as when he states;“when they were unhappy, I felt depressed; when they rejoiced, I sympathized in their joys” (Shelley 75).The fact that he longed for friends suggest that humans are born with the innately good qualities but have the “chances to deny the more base instinctions”.
As Victor Frankenstein concludes his story and passes away, the Creature boards Captain Robert Walton’s ship. Through Victor Frankenstein the reader as well as Captain Robert Walton can't help but feel empathy toward the Creature. Walthon was “first touched by the expression of his misery”(Shelly 223). Through having the direct contact with Frankenstein's Creature the readers and Walton are able to process the key component to Shelly’s Argument which serves as a warning against an abuse in knowledge and technology.
The drive towards Knowledge is a key component in Frankenstein. Mary Shelley is able to highlight the danger of man’s “unbridled thirst for knowledge[and] a science without morality” . Victor Frankenstein grew up obsessed with discovering “the cause of generation and life” (Shelley 16). This lead Frankenstein to steal corpses and “bestow animation upon [the] lifeless matter”(Shelley 17). The ability to bring something to life is an incredible milestone...

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