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Frankenstein

Mary Shelley
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15) Does Frankenstein learn from his mistake in creating the Monster?

In the days leading up to his death, Frankenstein regrets that he will die before destroying the Monster, revealing that he understands that creating the Monster was a mistake. However, it’s unclear if Frankenstein merely regrets making the Monster or if he truly understands the dangers of blind, reckless ambition. He even urges Walton to “[s]eek happiness in tranquillity and avid ambition, even if it be only the apparently innocent one of distinguishing yourself in science and discoveries.” These words seem contradictory; Frankenstein seems to regret pushing the limits of science too far in creating the Monster, and at the same time he seems to encourage Walton to continue on his mission. Frankenstein adds, “I have myself been blasted in these hopes, yet another may succeed,” hinting that he may not quite understand the dangers of ambition as suggested by the novel and only truly regrets the results of his achievement.