Theme Of Nurture In Frankenstein

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With Nature Comes Nurture and With Nurture Comes Responsibility: Frankenstein, a Tale of Dangerous Innovation

The level of technological advancement has increased exponentially over the past two hundred years. From Thomas Edison to Steve Jobs, innovators and engineers continue to exceed the level of mechanical developments from their time. However, these developments raise the concern of surpassing our humanity-- will we create something far more intelligent than the human race? The author Mary Shelley develops the cautionary tale, Frankenstein, in a time of booming innovation; new concepts such as electricity and the typewriter disrupt the previously established truths about science and nature. Frankenstein’s thirst for knowledge drives
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At the time, people obsessed with the idea of advanced “scientific discovery” and a reputation for revolutionary achievements, but Frankenstein takes this idea beyond reason. Frankenstein is effected by the epidemic of experimental ambition, and he isolates himself from ‘the rest of mankind.” So, naturally, amidst his eagerness to create life, Frankenstein admits that no one except for the people who have experienced it “can conceive of the enticements of science,” and in other fields, “you go as far as others have gone before you, and there is nothing more to know; but in a scientific pursuit there is continual food for discovery and wonder” (30). In other words, Frankenstein believes that the science world offers more open-ended and compelling research opportunities because, in other studies, “there is nothing more to know.” Therefore, people who study math and science continue to innovate and discover information from the universe. In similar form, Frankenstein realizes that he wants to research and experiment, he wants to create and understand “the metaphysical, or, in its highest sense, the physical secrets” of our universe (313). Frankenstein is an aspiring scientist who admires others before him; he believes that other scientists would “penetrate into the recesses of nature and show how she works in her hiding-places” that they would “ascend into the heavens” and discover how the body works, how “the blood circulates, and the nature
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