The God Facade : A Look Into Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein And The Dangers Of Playing God

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The God Façade: A Look into Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and The Dangers of Playing God.
Frankenstein by author Mary Shelley is a Gothic science fiction novel written in Switzerland between 1816–1817, and published January 1, 1818. Set in eighteenth century Geneva, Frankenstein tells the story of a young man named Victor who goes away to college to study natural philosophy, chemistry, and alchemy. When armed with the knowledge he has long been seeking, Victor spends months constructing a creature out of old body parts, and in the secrecy of his apartment, brings his creation to life. The monstrous abomination later disappears, and when a mysterious series of deaths start to occur in Victor’s family, he is certain his creation is the cause, and devotes his life to vanquishing the savage fiend. Mary Shelley makes full use of popular themes during the time she wrote Frankenstein such as the invasion of technology into modern life, and the restorative powers of nature in the face of unnatural events. She also addresses the complex role of Christian allusions in the text which convinces the reader to believe that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has a strong biblical allegory and portrays the dangers of playing God.
In Frankenstein, Shelly draws many ideas from biblical literalism in regards to the Genesis creation narrative (the belief that the universe and life originate from specific acts of a divine creator). In chapter four, Victor is defining the importance of his success in…
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