Analysis Of ' Frankenstein And The Modern Prometheus '

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Victor’s Foolishness: Using Science to Learn Natures Secrets “I have always described myself as always having been imbued with a fevering longing to penetrate the secrets of science” Victor Frankenstein (Shelley, pg34). In the novel Frankenstein and the Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley romanticism of nature ties in to her fear of science. In the novel a knowledgeable individual named Victor creates a creature out of dead human parts and sparks life into it with electricity. The birth of the creature creates a catastrophic end for Victors family, friends, and himself. Mary Shelley uses the monster to show people the dangers in science. Nature in the novel is used as way to cope with the evil of science and is shown as the opposite of the nature of man. Death in the novel signifies what happens when humans try to defy nature with their own hands. Victor was foolish as he thought he could play God and all ended disastrous. Mary Shelley believes in the power of nature, and she demonstrates this by relating it to death and science. The novel of Frankenstein begins with Victor attending the University of Ingolstadt where he is pursing to learn about natural science. Mary Shelley states an event where Victor is recalling a past memory “Natural philosophy is the genius that has regulated my fate; I desire therefore, in this narration, to state those facts which led to my predilection for that of science Victor Frankenstein (Shelly, pg68). This is a very important memory of…
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