frankenstein volume 1

After reading Volume I of Frankenstein, you are required to post a respond on the discussion topic. You are also required to post 2 replies to other items on the board.

Topic: Dr. Victor Frankenstein tells us: “Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier the man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”

Discuss the character of Dr. Frankenstein before his two year isolation and then after his creation. What do his words mean about the “danger” of knowledge and the aspiration of greatness? How will these words haunt him at the end of Volume I, Chapter 8? Do you have any feelings toward Dr. Frankenstein at this juncture?

Do not re-narrate the events of Frankenstein’s life. Analyze the quote in context of his actions and thoughts. What does the quote mean? To whom it is directed?

Reminder: The posting should be about 250 words, show some fresh ideas you have on the topic, and also incorporate documented quotations from the reading.


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