“Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement.” (BrainyQuote/Drucker).
Knowledge is a good and powerful thing if it doesn’t go to one’s head. In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Victor Frankenstein knew of some dangerous knowledge and it eventually led to secrecy and revenge. The dangerous knowledge that Frankenstein possessed made his life much more difficult. Victor Frankenstein possessed certain knowledge that would be considered dangerous. Frankenstein had an extreme fondness of science and he eventually mastered it and now knows the secret to animating humans. He decides to create a monster using body parts from a graveyard.
“Learn from me . . . how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than nature will allow” (Shelley 21).
Frankenstein knew how to create a monster and he did create one, but if he tried telling anyone, they would probably think that he’s crazy. He also knows that the monster is alive and that he has murdered William and is the reason that Justine was sentenced to death. He didn’t tell anyone because he believed no one would believe him. Only Frankenstein had the dangerous knowledge and that knowledge is considered something impossible and no one would believe him if he told anyone. He kept secrets so it wouldn’t get out to anyone else, but keeping it a secret only made things worse.
Frankenstein In the book Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the two main characters, Victor and the monster have completely different personalities and the expectation of their actions are very different from what one would imagine. When Victor's project of the monster finally comes to life, Victor gets scared and runs away from it, showing the readers how he is a very selfish man. The monster and ...
The secrets that Frankenstein kept led to his family being murdered and himself regretting everything. If Frankenstein told people about the monster and that he created the monster, he could have saved the lives of William, Justine, and Clerval. “‘Alas! My father,’ said I, ‘how little do you know me. Human beings, their feelings and passions, would indeed be degraded if such a wretch as I felt pride. Justine, poor Justine, was as innocent as I, and she suffered the same charge; she died for it; and I am the cause of this– I murdered her. William, Justine, and Henry– they all died by my hands’ (Shelley 92).
If Frankenstein spoke up about the monster to someone, they would most likely want to exile or execute the monster. If that didn’t happen, then he should of spoken up about the monster killing William, and that way at least Justine and Clerval will live because the monster would be sentenced to death.
Also if he hadn’t kept the murders and the monsters a secret, he wouldn’t have gotten sick from the guilt. The dangerous knowledge that Victor possessed, led to him keeping secrets and those secrets led to death. After the deaths of his family, Frankenstein vowed revenge on his monster. The knowledge that Frankenstein knew led to a downfall of events that ended with Frankenstein plotting revenge on the monster and vise versa. Frankenstein and the monster plotted revenge on each other for various reasons. “…I will revenge my injuries; if I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear, and chiefly towards you my archenemy..”(Shelley 132).
Frankenstein wanted to destroy the monster for murdering his family. The monster wanted to ruin Frankenstein’s life because he made him ugly and the monster was rejected by society. The monster hated Frankenstein and Frankenstein hated the monster. Frankenstein began to chase his creation around wherever he went. Frankenstein chased the monster into the arctic and basically died on Walton’s ship trying to finish his plan of revenge.