Education is generally considered as a method of acquiring valuable understanding. However, it might really be more damaging than useful to others. This hazardous element of education is clearly displayed in Mary Shelley”s Frankenstein.
Victor Frankenstein”s misfortunes start from the moment he finds Cornelius object into life once again. The production of the daemon is result of his efforts. Little bit does he understand the consequences of his development and the responsibilities that follow.
In Frankenstein, Shelley tries to portray how Frankentein”s hazardous education from books affects his strong aspiration and triggers him to overlook responsibilities later on. Frankenstein finds out most of his understanding from the books that he checks out, but these are of the uncommon kind. At the young age of thirteen, he is very first exposed to the works of Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and Albertus Magnus who are “… ancient teachers of [Chemistry] (p. 40). He becomes quite amazed with his findings and starts his experiment on the basis of these books. If he had actually not stumbled across these books, he would not have created the daemon.
It is far too late when he realizes this– he has actually currently gone mad. For this he blames his father. When he had actually first found Agrippa, he had actually informed his father, however he simply avoided the book.” ‘My dear Victor, do not waste your time upon this; it is sad trash” (p. 30). “If … my daddy had actually taken the discomforts to discuss to me that the principles of Agrippa had been entirely took off, and that a modern-day system of science had been presented … I need to have certainly have tossed Agrippa aside, and have pleased my creativity … by returning with greater ardour to my former studies” (p. 30).
Had his father shielded him from the contents of Agrippa”s book also the others, Frankenstein would not have fallen prey to the fateful education of such works. Frankenstein”s strong ambition likewise plays a role in throwing off his reasoning. He had very first idea of the plan of the development when his mother passed away. The books he checks out strengthens his ideas. Ever since, he obsesses with the idea that he “… could bestow animation upon lifeless matter …” (p. 48) and perhaps even “… restore life where death had apparently dedicated the body to corruption” (p. 48). His strong enthusiasm for knowledge modifies his thinking.
The understanding he discovers and the resulting task are so enormous that he soon forgets his environments and the people around him. “And the same feelings that made me overlook the scenes around me triggered me likewise to forget those pals who were a lot of miles missing, and whom I had not seen for so long a time” (p. 49). Frankenstein’s education isolates him from the real life instead of brings him closer to individuals he enjoys. Regrettably, Frankenstein”s education does not prepare him for the responsibilities involved in such a development.
Instead of teaching him the lifestyle, he abandons him. Not able to sustain the element of the being I had developed, I hurried out of the space …” (p. 52). The daemon is left all alone and need to fend for himself in this strange world. When Frankenstein refuses to create a mate for him, he is full rage and swears vengeance by eliminating his lived ones. If he had actually understood the duties following his development, he might not have actually created the daemon in the very first location.
Ironically, Frankenstein”s enthusiasm for the knowledge of enlivening an inanimate human unexpectedly becomes terror. The exact same education that intrigued him now terrifies him and turns him mad. “However I remained in truth ery ill; and undoubtedly nothing but the unbounded and constant attentions of my friend could have restored me to life” (p. 56). Mary Shelley clearly shows how Frankenstein”s education is possibly dangerous.
The understanding he learns from specific books fatefully leads him far from the world, shaking off reasoning. He becomes a madman following his production of the daemon. Numerous miseries arise from him fleing from that very same wisdom and overlooking the responsibilities concerning the daemon. The perilous education which he engages in causes his unbalanced and eccentric nature, and ultimately causes his failure.