Ethics of Frankenstein Essay

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The novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley is a work of fiction that breaks the ethics of science. Ethics is defined as rules of conduct or moral principles which are ignored in the story. The story is about a person named Victor Frankenstein who creates an artificial being. Victor abandons the being out of fear and the being is left to discover the outside world on his own and be rejected by people making the monster go on a violent rampage. Victor’s decision would affect him later on by the monster killing his loved ones causing Victor to suffer. Then Victor chooses to seek revenge on the monster and this choice will bring him to his death. In novel Frankenstein one might say that the main character, Victor, breaks the ethics of…show more content…
The science of electricity and its uses played a role in giving life to the monster. During the time period in which Frankenstein was written the use of electricity is an ongoing phenomenon in the medical field. In Frankenstein electricity is the implement that allows Victor to give life which creates his creature. According to the author of “Frankenstein: The Man and the Monster”, Suzanne Storment, “Early medical experiments demonstrated this phenomenon as a dead frog leg jolted with the injection of electricity, serving as a bridge between electricity and biology and chemistry.” (Storment 1). This quote explains that electricity can give life to the non living and electricity inspired Victor that he can create life using electricity. According to what Victory says, "I succeeded in discovering the cause of generation and life; nay, more, I became myself capable of bestowing animation up on lifeless matter.” (Shelley 31). Victor understands the power he has discovered in creating life. Thus, like God he can judge as to whether someone shall die or be given the gift of life by him. However, Victor’s creation would have a disastrous effect on him because it would be responsible for the deaths of his family and loved ones. This shows that when the ethics of science are broken and what has been done, while breaking these ethics, can be catastrophic when left
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