Do Humans Have the Right to Create Life Through Unnatural Means? What Are the Ethical and Moral Aspects of This?

675 Words Dec 6th, 2007 3 Pages
A question one could ask oneself is, whether or not Frankenstein is God? Does he have the right to create or undo life? Questions and fears are countless in this matter, but so are the curiosities which continue to carry on the development of biotechnological science. There were many factors which drove Frankenstein on in his venture through creating life, one being curiosity. It is curiosity among other factors which drive scientists on in this subject even today, although oppositions from numerous other scientists.
There are two main themes which act in different ways in this novel. One is the myth of modern Prometheus, where Prometheus is replaced by Victor Frankenstein, and steals the fire from the Gods. The other theme is whether or
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Frankenstein completes his creation, neglecting all moral and ethical repercussions of his creation, but to his surprise his success created horror and death instead of immortality and fame. Even when Frankenstein realizes that his god-like desires have endangered many people including himself, he takes no responsibility to repair his actions and take care of the creature.
Frankenstein hoped his creature would bless him as their creator, but the exact opposite resulted. Frankenstein was responsible for the creature as a father is responsible for their child, but he denied that fact and tried to escape the creature's misery.
In the times of Frankenstein, cloning didn't exist, so Mary Shelley was truly meddling in a dark subject. There were no laws or religious thoughts on this subject in those times, but that has changed drastically in present times. There are now strict laws on biotechnological science. While we think about molecular genetics, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and numerous other subjects meddling with god-like powers, one should ask oneself this question: Until what point can science guide us? If we are not careful, the world could suffer a similar fate as does Frankenstein.
The moral message Shelley is communicating is understandable, as a morally negligent scientific development can release a monster that can destroy the human civilization.

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