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As seen in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, how does Victor gain knowledge for his goals?

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As seen in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, how does Victor gain knowledge for his goals?

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Posted October 2, 2013 at 1:07 AM (Answer #1)

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Victor, the protagonist in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, desires nothing more than to reanimate life. Driven by science and the "physical secrets of the world" (chapter two), Victor desires to learn as much as possible about the scientific and natural world. Outside of reading authors such as Cornelius Agrippa, Albertus Magnus, and Paracelsus, Victor turned to his professor at Ingolstadt. M. Waldman allows Victor to build up his desire to "unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation."

As a philosopher (those which "have indeed performed miracles"), Victor will be able to succeed. He will see his dream, to reanimate life, come true. In the end, Victor's ability to gain the knowledge necessary to obtain his goals is insured by his desire to learn, the help of his professor, and his extensive knowledge of the "ancient teachers." 

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