Modern Society Issues Mirrored in Frankenstein

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Issues of Society Past and Present

The passage of time may bring about many new changes in American society but, conflict will always remain a constant in people’s lives. A number of moral problems occurring in the past continue to be prominent issues of modern society. In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, there is a correlation between the preeminent issues described in the novel and the morally unethical conflict occurring within modern society. Some problems are so deeply engraved in human society that they remain leading issues amongst people, despite the changes encompassing their day-to-day life brought on by the passing of time. One of the major issues in Frankenstein is crime. Whether it is genetic engineering or
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There are many irresponsible parents in modern society who don’t take responsibility over their children. Many mothers are left to raise a child all by themselves while other children have no mother to care for them at all. The very unfortunate children are left stranded by themselves with no one to care for them and guide them in the right direction. Abandonment is a serious crime that is getting worse now that more and more underage girls are having children and either abandoning them, or raising them without a father. Mary Shelley portrays this issue in her novel in the way Victor abandoned his creation soon after the Creature came to life. Although Victor knew what he was doing was wrong, he could not bear to stay with the Creature and left, leaving the Creature alone to fend for himself from the very beginning of his life. The Creature didn’t know what to do or how to really live and so struggled from the very moment it was created. “I, the miserable and the abandoned, am an abortion, to be spurned at, and kicked, and trampled on.” (Shelley 200) Another prominent issue with people today is the judging of one’s character based solely on their appearance. People are harsh with their words and quick to judge on another. This problem is especially seen with the younger generation of society, though is common amongst all people. Most people do not give others the honest chance to become well-acquainted because they have already judged the person

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