Contributory Info: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus
Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18. It was the only product of a friendly competition between Mary, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Polidori. Each wanted to see who could write the best horror short story.
Mary Shelley’s main character, Victor Frankenstein, is an ambitious scientist whose creation is abhorred by not only his creator, but all of society. In the beginning of the novel, Frankenstein speaks to Captain Walton, who is heading an expedition to the North Pole:
“Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge and how much happier that man is who believes his native town to be the world, than he who aspires to become greater than his nature will allow.”