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My Reflections on Humanities 260


Dear Classmates:

While I was reading the novel, it was apparent that a person’s education was clearly contributed to there stature in society and their families views of education.  In the novel, Walton had a neglected education but read books of poetry advance his intelligence.  Elizabeth did not really pursue an extended education, due to family circumstances she felt it was her duty to take care of the family and home after her mother died.  Clerval wanted to pursue an extended education but early on was forbidden by his father.  Years later, he gained an education through the experience of traveling throughout the world.  The creature learns many things during his isolation from the oldest sister of a small poverty stricken family by listening to her teach her younger siblings.  He also learns from observing the environment in which he was secluded to.

Victor on the other hand had a strong thirst for knowledge.  It all started one evening during an electrical storm in Belrive when he was fifteen years old.  At this age he was already interested in the writings of Cornelius, Albertus Magnus and Paraclsus.  When he was seventeen years old he started his studies at the University of Ingolstadt.   Professor M. Walton had the same views as Victor when it came to his education interests and told him to pursue every branch of philosophy and mathematics that he could.  He became the professor’s protégé.  As Victor continued his education, M. Walton explained how to use the various machines in his laboratory and promised that Victor could use them when he became advanced enough in his studies to use the equipment.  At this point in the novel, Victor decided his destiny, to create the monster.  After two more years of study, Victor decided that he had learned as much as he could.  Hence the quote “In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is a continual food for discovery and wonder.” (35-36).

After reading the novel of Frankenstein, Do you feel that Victor had a “more substantial life” then his friends and family due to his extensive education?  Why or why not?


Sheila Sinkovitz-Riss