Frankenstein powers. In his attempt to reach a

Frankenstein is the story of a man whose ambition conducts him to seek for
supernatural powers. In his attempt to reach a God-like level, he acts
basically for his own interest and wants to see his name glorified by humanity.
Power and Glory—two of much-discussed human ambitions—are his primary aims. To
achieve this goal, he makes an extensive use of knowledge and science. The
whole scientific knowledge he acquires through his research and his experiments
will lead him to desolation, loneliness and will result in a complete failure.

            The
story begins with Captain Robert Walton hanging out in St. Petersburg, Russia.
He’s waiting around for a ride to the port of Archangel, where he’s going to
sail off to the North Pole. When the boat gets stuck in impassible ice hundreds
of miles from land and nothing else to do, he writes letters to his sister
Elizabeth back in England. Soon, his despair is interrupted by the sight of a man
on the ice riding a dog sled. When the man boards the ship, Walton’s wish for a
friend has come true. When aboard the man named Victor tells Walton a story.

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Victor was just
like any normal kid in Geneva, with his parents adopting a girl named Elizabeth
from poverty, he would later marry her when they are older. At college, he
decides to study natural philosophy and chemistry. In about two years, he
thinks he knows away to bring a body made of human corpse pieces to life. Back
in Geneva, Victor’s younger brother, William, is murdered. The Frankenstein
family servant, Justine, is accused of killing him. Victor automatically thinks
that his monster is the real killer. Thinking that no one would believe the
“my monster did it” he didn’t say a word, not even when Justine was
being executed.

Victor goes on a trip to the
Swiss Alps to relax and get away. Conveniently, he runs into the monster, who
then brings him back to his hut that he is now living in. Then he begins to
tell Victor of his crimes. When Frankenstein left, he found himself alone and
disgusted of himself. No one accepted him, except for one old blind man. He
hoped that the blind man’s family of cottagers would show him love and
sympathy, but even they sent him away. When he ran across William, he killed
the boy out of revenge and because the name was the same. After much
persuading, Victor agrees to make a woman companion for the monster. While
working in Scotland he make another monster. But, just before he finishes, he
destroys the second monster, he’s afraid that the two will bring destruction to
humanity rather than love each other harmlessly. The monster sees him do this
and swears revenge … again. When Victor lands on a shore among Irish people,
they accuse him of murdering Henry, who has been found dead. He’s acquitted,
but not before another long illness.

Victor returns to Geneva and
prepares to marry Elizabeth, but he’s a little worried: the monster has sworn
to be with him on his wedding night. Eek! Victor thinks the monster is
threatening him, but the night he and Elizabeth are married, the monster kills
the bride instead. This causes Victor’s father to pass away from grief (as he
just lost a daughter-in-law and a daughter), so it’s kind of a twofer for the
monster. Alone and out for revenge, Victor
chases the monster over all imaginable terrain until he is ragged and near
death. And then he sees Walton’s ship and as he tells his story, and dies.
Then Walton discovers the monster crying over
Victor’s dead body. The monster heads off into the Arctic to die alone.

 

            In the literary criticism called the “Misunderstood
Monster” by Joseph Pearce, he states that Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein is
one of the most influential novels of the nineteenth century; it is also one of
the most misunderstood and abused. Also the work of fiction suffered so
scandalously from the slings and arrows of outrageous criticism. The novel’s
themes center around the social and cultural aspect of society during Shelley’s
lifetime, including the movement away from the intellectually confining
Enlightenment. The characters in the novel reflect the struggle against societal
control. During Shelley’s lifetime she was surrounded by tragedy, including
having a child who dies in early infancy. Also she had problems with her father
and her lover. “Within the pages of Frankenstein we see the savagery of
Rousseau, the pseudo satanic manipulation of Milton, the Romantic reaction against
the dark satanic mills of science and industrialism, the conflict between the
light Romanticism of Wordsworth and Coleridge and the darker Romanticism of
Bryon and Shelley, and, perhaps most enigmatically, the struggle between the
two Shelley’s themselves, and perhaps the emergence of Mary from Percy’s
shadow” (Pearce). When just becoming an adult at the age of eighteen, she was
almost complete with the novel. It took her approximately eleven months to
finish and publish the final product. Much of the novel can relate to what was
happening to her in her personal life. For example, the monster can be seen as
a metaphor for the destructive power of the unleashed passion between Mary and
Percy. Also there are many other examples of the bible in the novel.

            The word “knowledge” was recurring
many times throughout Frankenstein novel and attracted or forced the reader to
find out the true definition of it.  I decided to look up the definition
of knowledge from the Webster’s Dictionary.  It defines, “Knowledge: n.
Understanding gained by actual experience; range of information; clear
perception of truth; something learned and kept in the mind.” (Merriam-Webster
Dictionary)   I realized this word is very straightforward, but
has many useful and different meanings to all of us. It is also powerful tool
to determine and control the result of our judgment. “Knowledge consists
in recognizing the difference between good and bad decisions”. This statement
seems to be one of the simple answers to the question of ‘what is
knowledge?’ 

 

           
Knowledge can be powerful if we use it wisely and properly, but it is unwisely
use may convey a harmless rumor or cause awful consequences. The
novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, was an interesting story with many
comparisons of the great powers in life. It contains many themes of our society
today. It contrasts science and literary, technology and human, life and death,
and most importantly knowledge and ignorance.  It presents knowledge in
both negative and positive ways.

In Frankenstein novel, three characters
were used to search for one thing in common or important to them, knowledge.
Sadly the results of their search were completely different than they expected
or anticipated.  Walton, blinded by his ambition, believed that
search for knowledge of the route to the North Pole would bring fame to his
name, but learned that he has ended up only with the danger to the lives of his
crew. Frankenstein, driven by his passion and unable to accept his
own limitations, learned that this passion for knowledge harms his judgment,
and the excess of his action leads to shocking consequences. The creature,
driven by unhappiness, believed that knowledge would be the answer to his pain
but only found that it increased his unhappiness and
sadness.  Through each of these characters examples of successful and
unsuccessful pursuit of knowledge, there is a tragic dignity in their
sacrifices, suggesting that sometimes taking pride of aspiration would end
tragically. 

            After reading this novel I wasn’t very fond of it. There
was too much unnecessary detail that I didn’t enjoy. Even though the detail is
where Mary Shelley excels at, I found it a bore. The monster was very
predictable in my opinion. Whether or not I have heard about the old story or
have screen I on screen you won’t be disappointed but it might get boring.  But Mary Shelley being a women and writing
such a scandalous novel during her time is pretty bad-ass in my opinion. Also
she wrote this when she was 18 years old. The novel had many highs and lows,
but its definitely a great read because its such a classic.

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