The Pursuit Of Knowledge In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein '

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2. Victor Frankenstein undergoes a significant change in his outlook on life during this section of the novel. At the beginning of this section, Victor loved all the sciences with his whole heart, and completely devoted himself to studying, conducting experiments, and researching. Victor was enthralled with the subjects of life, death, and the human body. Victor Frankenstein becomes determined to discover the secret to life. Frankenstein remarks, “…I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation” (page 33). Frankenstein devotes his entire being to completing this task, and becomes extremely obsessive. Victor idealizes the creation of human life, and believes all of his work will enable…show more content…
I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is an exception to this rule” (page 41). The previous statement has historical context as well as details about Victor Frankenstein. The time period was after the Age of Enlightenment when science was seen as the prevailing tool in solving problems. Science was a relatively new study in the early 1800s, and most people did not have a true understanding of its concepts. The statement also reveals information about the main character in the novel, Victor Frankenstein. At this point in the novel, Victor had devoted most of his life to studying, researching, and learning all about the sciences. Science is one form of knowledge, and science preceded to take over Victor. Victor become so passionate in his studies that he reached the verge of insanity. Victor imagined himself creating a beautiful invention, and on the contrary his invention proved to be a horrific monster. Victor entered a state of depression and became very ill. Victor’s “pursuit of knowledge” led him to this horrible point in his life. Victor’s monster leads to the deaths of innocent people which disturbs him even

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