Analysis Of Mary Shelley 's ' Frankenstein ' Essays

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Mini Research Paper (Science of Frankenstein) Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley, involves science in a unique way. Using the scientific ideas of her time, Mary Shelley creates what some individuals would say is a warning to people (Nocks). The idea that people can play at a creator, or play at being God, is worrying to people. Most people say that the monster should have never been created, because the scientist, Victor Frankenstein, had no right to play God by reanimating a corpse made from body parts of others. Was Mary Shelley’s book a warning against science? Will science condemn the human race by making people do what they should not? Mary Shelley explores the religious and moral implications of science in her book. During the Industrial Revolution, technology was growing at an incredible rate. As technology grew so did advancements in science. Mary Shelley gained many of her ideas for the book through what she knew and what she was learning from various sources such as books, publications, meetings and conversations with those around her ( +). Within the novel, references are made to Galvanism. The founder of this theory, Luigi Galvani, attempted to reanimate the truly dead. He observed that frog’s legs would twitch, or move, when the the frog was struck with electricity (Ruston). Working within the laws of the land, another scientist, Giovanni Aldini, actually attempted to reanimate recently hanged criminals (Ruston). Because of the…

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