ESSAY 1 - Valdez 1 Pedro Valdez Saul Halfon Intro to...

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Valdez 1 Pedro Valdez Saul Halfon Intro to Humanities Science and Technology Taylor Loy 9/21/07 “And do I dare to ask of you to undertake my pilgrimage, to endure the hardships that I have undergone? No; I am not so selfish (Shelley, 185).” These are the last words of Victor Frankenstein to Walton in Mary Shelley’s novel. The speech comes from a man full of grief and aware he is running out of time. Victor’s identity, or the way he acts and thinks towards what happens in his life is not the same at the beginning of the novel, the death and sorrow that surrounds his life changes him forever. Victor died hating his creation and without accomplishing his final goal, to destroy him. Victor’s ingenious but naive personality serves as a pathway to his ultimate discovery and lately his tragic end. Through the novel, Victor’s identity profile progresses from desire to remorse and from innocence to selfishness affecting the way he conducts his science. In his early years, Victor appears as a natural observer and profound nature lover which reflects his good intentions in his science. Victor has pleasant memories of his childhood which he spent in Geneva with his parents. He is convinced that “No human being could have passed a happier childhood than me (Shelley, 23).” At first Victor is deeply interested in works of Cornelius Agrippa and Paracelsus; he shares their desire to penetrate into the mysteries of nature. As a profound observer he is fascinated by the way nature deals with life and death. He is eager to help humans with their daily life problems and doesn’t pursues financial gain. He believes that “Wealth is an inferior object, but what glory would attend the discovery if I could banish disease from the human frame and render man invulnerable to any but a violent death (Shelley, 26).” Victor is convinced that death is the main barrier man must overcome in order to obtain
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ESSAY 1 - Valdez 1 Pedro Valdez Saul Halfon Intro to...

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