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Too Much Of A Good Essay

1814 words - 8 pages

At the start of life, human beings are exposed to the outside world with an open and blank mind. A new born has no knowledge, no concerns or worries and it only seeks to fulfill its main necessities. Surrounded by the outside world one lives through many experiences where knowledge is accepted. Encountering other human beings reflects upon ones perception and brings about ones self decisions. Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein demonstrates characters that through an obsessive desire for more knowledge ruin their own lives. Victor Frankenstein is a scientist, who creates a monster to life through his extensive knowledge of science, but the creature he creates brings terrible demise and Victor ...view middle of the document...

He says, “I at once gave up my former occupations, set down natural history and all its progeny as a deformed and abortive creation, and entertained the greatest disdain for a would-be science which could never even step within the threshold of real knowledge” (Shelley, 27). Victor seeks to build upon previous discoveries and form new ones that go beyond the perimeter of mankind. Shelley shows how Victor’s obsession with knowledge of the unknown takes over his life and does not let anything or anyone stop him. Victor’s quest to overlook the natural limits of human knowledge brings about the creation of a monster that destroys his life and kills him. The monster he constructs does not reflect his original motive and brilliant idea. Immediately after the birth of the creation, Victor rushes out terrified with the abnormal features of the monster he developed. The monster continues to follow Victor throughout his life as he seeks revenge for abandoning him as a young child.
The idea of pursuing knowledge clouded Victor’s mind and when his creature is born he is shocked to discover that what he has created is far off his own expectations. Not only did the monster crush his expectations of developing a creature that went beyond human knowledge, but it also affected his life, dignity, and fears. Victor himself admits to his own mistake when he says, “The different accidents of life are not so changeable as the feelings of human nature...but now that I had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished, and breathless honor and disgust filled my heart ” (Shelley, 42). Victor Frankenstein realizes what his obsession with pursuing an extensive amount of knowledge has brought him. His destiny to achieve the impossible with no regard for anyone or anything but himself shows that he is blinded with means of knowledge when creating the monster and is incapable to foresee the outcome of his creation. Victor’s goal was meant to improve and help humanity, but instead it leads to disaster. His passion for knowledge causes to lose his self control. Shelley states that
“A human being in perfection ought always to preserve a calm and peaceful mind and never to allow passion or a transitory desire to disturb his tranquility. I do not think that the pursuit of knowledge is exception to this rule. If the study to which you apply yourself has a tendency to weaken your affections and to destroy your taste for those pleasures in which no alloy can possibly mix, then that study is certainly unlawful, that is to say, not befitting the human mind” (Shelley, 40).
Here Shelley shows her perception of an uncontrolled passion as perfection. She states that although one can have a strong passion and great knowledge, once ones passion takes control over its “peaceful mind” it is disruptive, which is not beneficial to the human mind. Frankenstein’s obsession with his passion to find the secrets of the world drives him to suffrage for the rest of his life. He fails to recognize...

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