Analysis Of ' Frankenstein ' By Mary Shelley Essay

1708 Words May 3rd, 2015 7 Pages
Romanticizing his need for knowledge and infamy, the protagonist, Victor Frankenstein, of Mary Shelley 's 1818 novel, Frankenstein, asserts, "No one can conceive the variety of feelings which bore me onwards, like a hurricane...Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds...I should... pour a torrent of light into our dark world" (Shelley 94). In the novel, Victor essentially recreates life, a task normally attributed to God, without fear of the moral consequences. In modern science, many scientists have commenced research that explores the possibility of creating life through the development of embryonic stem cells, but support for this possibly life-changing inquisition is constricted by the unethical qualities of the procedure. Emphasizing the moral constraints behind the pursuit for knowledge, Victor Frankenstein demonstrates an ambitious god-like complex through his obsessive compulsion to use his advanced knowledge to create a superior breed of humans; today, scientists parallel scientific and moral characteristics similar to Frankenstein through modern stem cell research. Throughout history, mankind has had an unimpeded desire for undiscovered knowledge, but the implication of this knowledge has been restricted by ethicality, creating the question, "What is the line between acquiring intelligence and acting upon it?” This idea has become a reoccurring theme throughout literature and myth; like Adam and Eve, Pandora, and Lot’s wife, Frankenstein examines the…

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