The Pursuit Of Knowledge in Frankenstein

             During the nineteenth century, romance was a basis of many stories for many
             authors. Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley expresses the ideas of life during this age in her
             gothic romance, Frankenstein. A theme is a major idea displayed in a work that is
             connected to the work in many ways. Many themes are found throughout this novel, one
             of which is the pursuit of knowledge. Throughout the story, the three major characters
             display a strong need to accomplish their goals in order to gain fame. Robert Walton is in
             search of the north pole for fame, Victor Frankenstein is in thought of creating a
             human-like monster for fame, and his monster is able to learn by observation for
             First, the pursuit of knowledge is shown through Robert Walton in his journey to
             the North Pole. As a strong ship captain, Walton feels this trip will provide him with fame
             among all in his home land. Because of his high ambitions and need for accomplishment,
             Walton becomes lonely and longs for an associate. While trapped on the ice, Walton finds
             a man and allows him to tell his story of why he is lost so far north. With Walton’s
             Second, the pursuit of knowledge is displayed in Victor Frankenstein. This
             brilliant science student dreams of creating the first living being in his laboratory. With his
             strong drive, his dream is accomplished, he said, “the beauty of the dream vanished, and
             breathless horror and disgust filled my heart.” (55) Due to his dream, and the horror of
             his monster, Victor’s hope for everlasting fame is turned against him and the monster kills
             his friends and family. Due to all of the stress from continual work, Victor’s pursuit
             eventually leads to his death. Just before his death however, Victor tells Walton important
             advice, “seek happiness in tranquillity and avoid ambition, even if it be only the apparently

More Essays:

APA     MLA     Chicago
The Pursuit Of Knowledge in Frankenstein. (1969, December 31). In Retrieved 13:05, January 20, 2017, from