The Mad Scientist Essay

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The mad scientist is an interesting figure in contemporary culture, usually represented by an evil genius that uses fictitious technology in an attempt to ‘play God.’ History has shown us that the mad scientist is not far off from reality: From the alchemist Paracelsus claiming the ability to create life to Tesla and Newton using science to challenge the mysteries of the universe. We also see the mad scientist in 19th century literature. Both Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, showcase this character in all of his glory and destruction. These pieces of literature are woven into the anthology, Making Humans, which is cited in this analysis. In these novels, we see ‘the creator’ (Victor Frankenstein) versus …show more content…
Christians and supporters of the Old Testament would argue that using science to recreate God’s work is antipathetic to how creation should be interpreted. This is only the beginning to what Shelley’s Christian audience would consider immoral. After Frankenstein breathes life into his quilt of human remains, he is immediately repulsed. His path to this moment was one that he, “desired [it] with an ardour that far exceeded moderation; but now that [he] had finished, the beauty of the dream vanished and breathless horror and disgust filled [his] heart” (51). This doesn’t sound like a caring mother bringing her new baby into the world, and his reaction showcases his immorality. Victor obsessed over the idea of becoming God to a new race, but once the possibility was born, he immediately regretted it and could not even look at his creation (or as it is referred to from this part on, the Monster). After creating his Monster, he abandons it. How could Frankenstein find it acceptable at all to abandon his creation? The thing about science is that once something is discovered, it can’t be reversed. Now it seems from this moment he has to suffer for his abandonment through a tortured life and suffer for his immorality by going against God’s will. Now we have a new question to answer: Would things
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