his quote is stated by Victor Frankenstein in Chapter 4 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and he is talking to Robert Walton about his studies in Ingolstadt. More specifically, he is discussing knowledge and the repercussions of acquiring knowledge. He tells Walton to view him as a reason not to acquire knowledge, as it is dangerous. If not by his orders, he says, at least by his examples. He says a man who has little knowledge other than what he learned from his surroundings will be happier than the man who goes out of his way and strives to learn more than is provided directly to him. “[A] man who believes his native town to be the world” refers to someone who thinks that the knowledge they have acquired is all that there is to know, and who is satisfied with this. “He who aspires to be greater than his nature will allow” refers to a person who wants more knowledge than he can safely have and who will never be satisfied, always wanting and craving more. I believe that man who knows little other than what immediately surrounds him will be happier because he knows nothing different and therefore will have nothing to compare his life to. He will not feel happy, per se, but simply neutral, about his life, simply because he has no other frame of reference for comparison and because of his ignorance. Similarly, I think a man who wishes to know more and who will never be satisfied with what he knows will be unhappy because he will discover too many negative aspects of the world or use this knowledge in a poor way. In addition, the ownership of too much knowledge can lead to…
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or, The Modern Prometheus
Volume I, first edition
Author Mary Shelley
Genre Horror, Gothic, Romance, science fiction
Published 1818 (Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor & Jones)
Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus is a novel written by British…
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Summary and Stephen Dedalus’ Analysis:
‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’, written by James Joyce, is a story about the younger self of the writer described with both irony and sympathy. The novel is about a character called Stephen Dedalus. The story starts with descriptions from the childhood of Stephen Dedalus and continues through his years of youth in which he makes decisions about leaving Ireland and becoming a writer…
didn’t really like David at first. Same thing goes with my family. When I was younger, I was known as a liar and begin getting into trouble a lot but my family always helped me and never turned my back on me till I fix my ways and became a better young man.
4) One other connection that I found between the book and my life is how there are certain traditions common in different towns. For example, it was the trading grocery mart cards with random people you would see around the town in the book while…
mind. The film selected several scenes of car crashing and depicted the stories behind each accident.
One of the stories left me a deep impression, which was about a white police and a black man. The white police Hanson was not a racist and he had his individual conscious of race. However, when a black young man Peter was picked up by Hanson, Hanson misunderstood him and killed him. The tragedy happened because Hanson was actually influenced by the social conscious of racism. The thought that black…
Love Is Silent
Shakespeare’s sonnet 23 embodies the speaker’s intense but also restrained love due to his timidity and tizzy. By using metonymy, repetition and choosing effective diction, Shakespeare expresses his deep but silent love to the young man in the poem which make readers resonate with such a complex emotion.
Having true love for the first time, and perhaps the only time in his life, the speaker finds it hard to use language to express it clearly and fluently. Lines nine to twelve…
By: Martin Rodriguez, Minerva Aceves
Jennifer Santos, Ana Mendez
What are the characteristics of a tragic hero?
A tragic hero is a character of noble stature
and has greatness. She/he must have a "high"
status position as well as exemplify nobility and
virtue as part of his/her innate character.
What is a tragic flaw?
A tragic flaw is a trait in the character leading to
his downfall and most of the time the character
is usually the hero of the story.
“Young Goodman Brown,” by Hawthorne, and “The Tell Tale Heart,” by Poe, offer readers the chance to embark on figurative and literal journeys, through our minds and our hearts. Hawthorne is interested in developing a sense of guilt in his story, an allegory warning against losing one’s faith. The point of view and the shift in point of view are symbolic of the darkening, increasingly isolated heart of the main character, Goodman Brown, an everyman figure in an everyman tale. Poe, however…
In this article ‘Euthyphro’, there are two main characters: Socrates and Euthyphro, discussing and arguing about ‘what is the pious and the impious.’ Because the man indicted Socrates for being impiety, Socrates wanted to find out what exactly are pious and impious from smart young man Euthyphro. So they start talking…
First, Euthyphro says that the pious is prosecuting someone who is guilty of wrongdoing, either of murder or temple robbery or anything else of the sort, whether it happens to be…
Mack N Cheez
English II Block G
3 December 2014
Frankenstein: Nature vs. Nurture
“Nature is all that a man brings with himself into the world; nurture is every influence from
without that affects him after his birth” — Sir Francis Galton
Many philosophers have discussed the likes of whether or not a persons character is a result
of nature or nurture. In the writings of John Locke he stated that every person is born with a
“Tabula Rasa”, a blank slate, and later, through experiences in society…
Gothic Fiction/Science Fiction
Mary was born in 1797 to feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and novelist William Godwin. She educated herself from her parents’ works and published her first poem at age 10. At age 16 Mary eloped with her cousin’s husband, Percy Shelley. Her cousin then drowned herself in a river. 8 years later, Percy drowned while sailing during a storm. Mary became pregnant 5 times, but 4 of her children died before age 3. She wrote the…