Frankenstein Essay

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Ever since the earliest scientists, including the likes of Aristotle and Plato, the question of the morality of man's meddling in nature has been a prevalent issue. While science can provide boundless amounts of invaluable contributions to mankind, ultimately some scientific endeavors should never have been pursued. In Frankenstein, Mary Shelly explores the ethics involved in this query through the creation of a wonder of science, and its inevitable consequences.

Much of the analysis of the consequences that the scientific perversion of nature harbors is manifested by the inner struggle within both Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. The tortured mind of the creator expresses the notion that one who plays god will be burdened by the
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Because of the monster's extreme deviance from the standard, he finds himself unable to receive even the slightest affection or pity from anyone, even his own creator. It is this rejection which infuriates and saddens the daemon the most and is ultimately the cause of his violence toward man; "I am malicious because I am miserable; am I not shunned and hated by all mankind? You, my creator, would tear me to pieces and triumph; remember that and tell my why I should pity man more than he pities me?" (Shelly 98). It is not enough, however, to analyze the perversions that man creates, as the question of why he would do so plays an important role.

Mary Shelly explores various causes of man's scientific fervor, the two most prevalent being his ego and his helpless curiosity of nature. Although Frankenstein apparently redeems himself in the latter half of the novel by bravely destroying his second creation and devoting his life to protecting humankind by destroying his creation, while he denounces pride, he still exhibits the same attributes which led to his creation. It was fevered ambition and desire for glory that caused him to create the monster as well as to hunt it down and kill it. Even in the final pages, Frankenstein delivers a speech to the crew of the ship to inspire want of glory in their hearts "Oh! Be men, or be more than men. Be steady to your purposes and firm as a rock. This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot

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