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Ohio State University Forbidden Knowledge in Frankenstein Novel Discussion

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I’m working on a Literature question and need guidance to help me study.

(Great English is a must)

(4 Pages Paper, MLA format)

(This is for my literature class, it is expected to have elevated writing skills)

(You need to be very familiar with the novel otherwise you won’t be able to complete the task)

(Read the attached file for more information)

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Subject of the paper: Literature


Requirement: This research paper needs to be four full pages (MLA format) and should focus on the novel "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly. It requires to have elevated vocabulary which is adequate for the literature writing class. The research paper needs to be based on a research question which you are free to choose. Even so, the professor gave us a hint and it was represented by "forbidden knowledge in Frankenstein novel". If you are familiar with this aspect, you could write the research paper based on it. You are free to use external sources to support your affirmation but it is important to make sure that they are reliable. Overall the paper should include a research question which should raise the interest of the reader. It is important to always refer to the Frankenstein Novel as it represents the centerpiece of the essay. The professor is not interested in reading a summary of the book (this is a RESEARCH paper, NOT a summary). Critical thinking will be essential to make sure that you understand the concepts presented in the book.

A research question should NOT:

- have an easy and simple answer

- be impossible to answer

- be only an opinion

- be a claim or assertion like a thesis sentence

And keep in mind that as you begin to research your topic and learn more about it, you

may find that you need to revise your original question


Format: The paper should be written in MLA format. A minimum of 4 full pages are required.

  • Even though I can provide you with the book, it is important that you already read it because otherwise you won’t be able to provide a quality work at this point.
  • The attached file contains the request from the professo.It will help you understand what I need.

*** The work will be checked for plagiarism through Turnitin by the professor. It is essential for everything to be free of plagiarism otherwise sanctions will be imposed***

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The point of doing research is to read and learn further about the topic in which you are interested. Your research paper will focus on The Metamorphosis, Frankenstein or The Stranger, but your research topic should take you beyond these books to learn more about the ideas or issues in which you are interested. Remember that authors never work in a vacuum: they are often influenced by and in dialogue with: other novels/novelists, poetry, visual art, music, political/historical/cultural events and conditions, philosophical thought, scientific discoveries, and on and on. All of these are possible areas you could read and research to learn more about your topic. As you develop your research question, be sure to think about what sort of materials you might like to spend time reading and learning from. A good research question should act as the focus of your study. It guides you through all the stages of inquiry, analysis, and reporting on your topic. A research question indicates the direction of your research. It is an open-ended question, not a final claim or conclusion about an idea. As you do your research, you will begin to develop your thesis statement – the claim or assertion you make about your topic that you will argue in your paper. This claim will be developed, supported, and explained in the body of your paper by means of the examples and evidence you find in your research. A good research paper does not just present the information you found about your topic of interest, it uses that information as the basis for a claim or argument about your topic (Some) Criteria for a research question: requires research: it can only be answered by reading further books, articles, essays, etc. about the subject clear: it provides enough specifics that you understand your purpose (what you want to learn about) as you begin to do your research focused: it is specific enough that it can be explored and discussed thoroughly in the space the writing task allows. (The research paper will be 4 to 5 pages.) concise: it is expressed in the fewest possible words. complex: it is not answerable with a simple “yes” or “no,” but rather requires synthesis and analysis of ideas and sources prior to composition of an answer. arguable: its potential answers are open to debate rather than accepted facts. a manageable scope: it should not be too broad or narrow. If it is too broad, you may become overwhelmed with information. If it is too narrow, you may not be able to find enough information. relevance: it should relate specifically to one of the texts we have read so far in this class A research question should NOT: - have an easy and simple answer - be impossible to answer - be only an opinion - be a claim or assertion like a thesis sentence And keep in mind that as you begin to research your topic and learn more about it, you may find that you need to revise your original question Mary Shelley If you're looking for biographies about Mary Shelley, there is a good one written by Muriel Spark that is available through the SVA library on the Internet Archive database. Just go into that database and do a search. You will have to create a login id to access this database. There are plenty of other biographies and other books there related to Mary Shelley. Also look in the HathiTrust database in the SVA library: Mary Shelley's letters and notebooks are available there. find at least 4 or 5 sources related to your topic/research question. ...
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Forbidden Knowledge in Frankenstein Novel
Possessing knowledge is not only good but also desirous. Scientists, governments, and even nongovernment organizations spend a lot of time and resources pursuing knowledge. Students alike
spend a lot of resources and time in pursuit of knowledge. The world in which humans live is
dictated largely by the knowledge that humans have. Through the acquisition of knowledge,
humans have successfully fought and conquered diseases and made their lands productive.
However, the possession of knowledge is only useful to humans to the extent that it is productive
to humans. There are points beyond which the possession of knowledge becomes toxic and
destructive. In these instances, knowledge ventures into the forbidden territory. As scientific
knowledge advances, individuals tend to stretch their imagination and creativity so that they
create things that are outrageous and potentially harmful. Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein is a piece
of work that gives an account of the damaging effects of the 'forbidden knowledge.' In this work,
Mary Shelly gives an account of two men, Victor Frankenstein and Robert Walton, who decide
to take their scientific experimentation to another level. Some of their scientific experimentation
may be considered to bordering on the realm of unethical experimentation. Victor Frankenstein
uses his scientific knowledge to create a monster that ends up destroying harm. Similarly,
Walton is determined to prove his genius in defiance to advice from his sister that what he
wanted to get involved with was evil. The book records that "Like Frankenstein, Walton is

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obsessed with proving his own genius, acting against the wishes of his beloved sister, who has
“evil forebodings” about his endeavor” (Shelly 11). This paper pursues forbidden knowledge, as
presented in Mary Shelly's Frankenstein. However, there is evidence that forbidden knowledge
may also be used to improve human life. While forbidden knowledge has advanced in the recent
partly as a result of the developments in science and technology, it is notable that such
knowledge is developed out of selfish ambitions and is effects are always felt in the whole
society.
Victor Frankenstein is of tender age when he meets Cornelius Agrippa’s book on occult sciences.
That was the turning point in his life. He developed an interest in scientific studies and
experimentation. While his father indicated to him that some of the issues propagated by Agrippa
were denounced by society due to the moral issues involved in them, he found it necessary to
ignore them. Even at the beginning of his experimentation, Frankenstein was acutely aware that
his work was likely to have adverse effects on him in the near future. Even then, he had gone too
far in his love for science to come back. Shelly accounts that “It is even possible that the train of
my ideas would never have received the fatal impulse that led to my ruin” (Shelly 37). In this
text, there is a suggestion that forbidden knowledge may be dangerous, but the people in pursuit
of it rarely recognize the inherent dangers. The individuals are always too swallowed in their
ambitions to see the glaring ramifications. In the same way, Frankenstein was informed about the
potential ramifications of his scientific adven...

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