“…for nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose–a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”
― Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
After finishing Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, I’ve had time to ponder some of the themes and moral lessons I’ve learned from the novel. Yes, it is true that Victor Frankenstein pushed the boundaries of science and selfishly created a creature in order to achieve scientific glory. But I have to give him credit for his stunning dedication and amazing work ethic throughout the entire process. His academic achievement at Ingolstadt is laudatory, and his eagerness to learn and pursue his passions is exemplary. While I was reading the novel, I was impressed and awed by his intellectual vitality and curiosity. His behavior made me pause and reflect on my performance at school. I’m well into my senior year of high school, and the infamous ‘senioritis’ is starting to kick in and show some inevitable symptoms. However, after reading Frankenstein I’ve determined to beat the deadly senioritis and finish my senior year strong. I will adopt Victor Frankenstein’s intellectual spirit as my own, and pursue my studies with increased vigor and motivation.