The desire to discover the unknown can sometimes lead to one’s own demise, as is the case in Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Human beings have an innate curiosity to uncover any hidden truths within our universe, however sometimes those quests to reveal the unrevealed result in unwanted outcomes. Victor Frankenstein, in his pursuit of the secret of life, created a living monstrosity that he believed to be the answer to the knowledge he had long been seeking. Although, upon immediate sight of his creation and the havoc it would make, his actions proved detrimental.

The messageĀ Frankenstein conveys regarding science, technology, and human conditions is, in my opinion, that the pursuit of dangerous knowledge – that is knowledge beyond normal human limits – can sometimes prove contradictory to the desired result. Victor’s creation of unnatural life and his reckless pursuit of knowledge eventually resulted in the death of everyone dear to him. Ironically, in his attempts to discover the secret of life by creating his own, Victor ended up losing the lives of those he truly cared for. When analyzing this concept, a phrase that comes to my mind is “ignorance is bliss.” Victor’s inability to accept the unknown led to his ultimate misery, and thus his lack of ignorance led to his lack of bliss. Although, while I do not agree with the phrase “ignorance is bliss” in every occasion, I believe that it applies appropriately in Victor’s situation. He refused to be content with his current knowledge and sought deeper understanding of life, only leading to the destruction of his joy.
However, even with such examples as Frankenstein, human beings will never be able to be satisfied accepting their current knowledge. There will always be another step we can take or progress to be made in efforts towards the uncovering of the unknown. Attempting to reach beyond what’s practically obtainable within human life, scientists will continue to push the limits of human conditions and explore the depth of undiscovered knowledge, even if the negative consequences might outweigh the positives.