Science May Be Interesting To Most, But Its Development

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Science may be interesting to most, but its development has the potential to be absolutely terrifying. We are warned of this in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This extremely famous novel is about a scientist named Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque creature, using electricity. Many assume the creature’s name to be Frankenstein as it may be depicted in movies but this is false, as the scientist’s name is Frankenstein and the monster does not have a name. New developing science allows Victor to create this creature which, as we learn throughout the story, should never have been created. Mary Shelley uses multiple themes in Frankenstein to reflect society and ultimately define the genre of science fiction. Mary Shelley uses…show more content…
Mary Shelley’s novel, while taking a step towards the modern era, still contains a plethora of romanticism. For example, all three narrators in the novel (Walton, Frankenstein, and the creature) contain a similar romantic desire “for intense feeling and human perfectibility—they are all striving for the sublime, and they are doing so within the confines of human (or near human) imagination, human (or near human) emotion” (Robinson 94). Sublimity is a perfect mixture of beauty and the grotesque, to a point where one wants to look away, but he cannot. This desire is found through all three main characters in the novel, helping to prove that this is not only an interesting story, but a romantic novel. This idea of sublime is not just found in the desire of characters, however, but in the actual characters themselves. For example, the monster in Frankenstein represents a mixture of “humanity with physical deformity, a desire for community with an irreducible foreignness, great physical strength with femininity” (Nardo 65). Shelley is able to mix what one would expect from a monster, with multiple unexpected qualities. This would then create a Byronic figure who is not necessarily a hero, but still contains the sublime, misunderstood qualities, that a Byronic hero may have. The story of Frankenstein contains characters and elements that reflect the Romantic era. The quest for knowledge, while very much alive at the time, is
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