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The pursuit of knowledge is at the heart of Frankenstein as Victor attempts to surge beyond accepted human limits and access the secret of life Likewise Robert Walton attempts to surpass previous human explorations by endeavoring to reach the North Pole This ruthless pursuit of knowledge of the light see Light and Fire proves dangerous as Victors act of creation eventually results in the destruction of everyone dear to him and Walton finds himself perilously trapped between sheets of ice Whereas Victors obsessive hatred of the monster drives him to his death Walton ultimately pulls back from his treacherous mission having learned from Victors example how destructive the thirst for knowledge can be The sublime natural world embraced by Romanticism late eighteenth century to mid-nineteenth century as a source of unrestrained emotional experience for the individual initially offers characters the possibility of spiritual renewal Mired in depression and remorse after the deaths of William and Justine for which he feels responsible Victor heads to the mountains to lift his spirits Likewise after a hellish winter of cold and abandonment the monster feels his heart lighten as spring arrives The influence of nature on mood is evident throughout the novel but for Victor the natural worlds power to console him wanes when he realizes that the monster will haunt him no matter where he goes By the end as Victor chases the monster obsessively nature in the form of the Arctic desert functions simply as the symbolic backdrop for his primal struggle against the monster Obviously this theme pervades the entire novel as the monster lies at the center of the action Eight feet tall and hideously ugly the monster is rejected by society However his monstrosity results not only from his grotesque appearance but also from the unnatural manner of his creation which involves the secretive animation of a mix of stolen body parts and strange chemicals He is a product not of
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