Ignorance is Bliss
“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.” (pg. 39)
Clearly expressing the idea that “ignorance is bliss”, Victor extols the virtues of being content with a simple lifestyle to Walton. The slight irony shines through clearly in this piece as the reader knows Walton himself seeks some sort of glory in hoping to discover the Northwest Passage through the Artic Ocean.