the pursuit of knowledge/destiny/science
- "it was the secrets of heaven and earth that i desired"
- science "penetrates into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding place" ****. feminine. personification. violation of nature
- "destiny was too potent and her immutable laws had decreed my terrible and utter destruction"
- "it was in their hand to direct to hapiness or misery"
- "clerval occupied himself... with the moral relations of things" clerval contrasts frank totally as philosophy opposite to science. science amoral. frank amoral. blasphemy
- creation(science) is dark and mouldy and rotten and decaying but nature(god) is bright. a warning against pursuit of knowlegde
- "once again i would penetrait their misty veil and seek them in their cloudy retreats"
- "do you dare approach me?... begone vile insect! or rather, stay so i may trample you to dust!"victor asserts his power over…
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