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Human curiosity in "Frankenstein"

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[Type text] Name: Ilia Nee Class: PHL 103 Date: 12 April 2012 The mover of the progress? Mankind throughout its history always made many different discoveries. People are very curious creatures, and they always want to learn something new. Mary Shelley in her novel Frankenstein refers to human curiosity and the acquisition of knowledge. Almost every character in this novel is a very curious person. Robert Walton wanted to explore the North Pole, the Creature tried to learn more about everything that surrounded him and, finally, Victor Frankenstein was absorbed in science, he wanted to create a human being, and he did it. Mary Shelley describes the consequences of this curiosity, and almost all these consequences are bad. It follows from this that human curiosity brings misery. Based on facts that human curiosity is the mover of progress of human civilization, that without curiosity human civilization will stop its development, and, moreover, it will lead to the degradation, this paper will show that human curiosity is not only a curse, but it is also a blessing, and if people control their curiosity, it will become only a blessing. First of all it is necessary to understand what curiosity is and why people are curious. The definition in any dictionary describes curiosity as ?a strong desire to know or learn something?. (Oxford English Dictionary) People start to learn everything about the surrounding world from their childhood and never stop it. ...read more.


(Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, p. 10) The Creature tried to communicate with the De Lacey Family, but they rejected him, and he finally understood that he could not find companionship among the human beings and that he will be alone forever; and it completely changed the Creature?s mind. ?The mildness of [the Creature?s] nature had fled, and all within [him] was turned to gall and bitterness?. (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, p. 95) He vowed vengeance to all mankind. Therefore, curiosity led to the bad consequences. The Creature turned Frankenstein?s life into hell, killing people that were dear to him, and, therefore, the acquisition of knowledge, in this case, is a curse. Finally, the third very curious character is the doctor Victor Frankenstein. He was interested in the sources of the human life; he started to learn chemistry and physiology. Frankenstein wanted to discover how to create a human being invincible to all but a violent death, and finally he made a great discovery that made him ?capable of bestowing animation upon lifeless matter?. (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, p. 30) The idea of creation ?happy and excellent natures? (Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, p. 30) completely absorbed him. It was like a hurricane, he wanted to learn more and more about the creation of the human being, and he could not stop it. It became a passion, and Victor could not resist it. He worked day and night to implement his ideas, violated all the principles of human morality. ...read more.


An important condition of the development of the human civilization is to create some kind of a filter that allows a scientist to satisfy his curiosity, but cuts off any attempt to use the result of his work to the detriment of humanity. Human curiosity has to be controlled. Ideal people?s mind should be above their emotions. People should use their reason when they make discoveries, and if their discoveries can lead to bad consequences, stop it at the beginning. For example, Robert Walton really wanted to explore the North Pole and at the beginning of his journey hid did not think about his people. However, after Frankenstein told his story, Walton changed his mind; he understood that his curiosity could lead to the bad consequences as Frankenstein?s curiosity did. That is why Walton ordered to turn back and go home. People are very curious creatures by their nature. Mary Shelley described in her famous novel Frankenstein the consequences of human curiosity, which were often bad. It seems that curiosity brings misery. However, curiosity also brings many good things. Curiosity makes people?s lives much easier, curiosity improves the living conditions of living creatures. However, sometimes curiosity indeed leads to very bad consequences. The example of it is the terrible incident that took place in 1945 in Japan cities, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Therefore, human curiosity is both, a curse and a blessing. However, if people control their desires and use their reason, curiosity will become only a blessing. ...read more.

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