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Self-discipline and ambition are often viewed as positive characteristics just as education is viewed as a milestone that prepares individuals for their adult lives However modern education is incredibly structured there is great planning that goes into lesson planning and its subsequent execution A child is not expected to understand what constitutes fiction or nonfiction without the appropriate guidance from an elder a failure to achieve such guidance could lead to great misinformation Within most societies it is understood that education comes with a responsibility to use it wisely It is apparent that many of historys most famous tragedies have been caused by the attainment of knowledge by those who have abused it In Mary Shelleys Frankenstein education is depicted s a source of moral decay The novels three male narrators are corrupted by their attainment of unstructured education although they have gained knowledge it came with dire consequences Shelley uses the self-destruction of these characters as a precautionary tale preventing her readers from making similar mistakes Frankenstein serves as a warning that knowledge has consequences The first and central warning is found through the experience of Victor Frankenstein Victor is the novels main protagonist and it is his actions that lead to the events that take place within the narrative Victor is a flawed individual and consequently is not a reliable narrator Victor is an intelligent man and his ability to bring life to his creature supports this However he is the most obvious example of how the unconstrained attainment of knowledge can have dire repercussions Victors curiosity a trait he claims to QUOTE ABOUT CHILDHOOD HERE The concept that insatiable curiosity may be detrimental is certainly not a unique idea however it is uncommon for it to lead to such disaster goes against the norm It is the death of his mother that appears to Victor to pursue the study of alchemy obsessively Victor describes his studies as QUOTE
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