Monthly Archives: February 2012

Frankenstein: The Letters


Frankenstein begins with a series of four letters written from Robert Walton to his sister in England.  In these letters different themes to the overall story are foreshadowed.  For instance, in the first letter, Robert talks about leaving for an exploratory expedition to the North Pole.  Although he admits that he may die, he voyages on with hopes of satisfying his curiosity.  Inthis letter Robert’s thirst for knowledge, specifically scientific knowledge, reveals a theme of the dangerous consequences in the quest for knowledge.


What is another example in which knowledge, particularly in the area of scientific advancement, lead to a horrific or an unacceptable outcome?  Give a detailed explanation.