Euthanasia In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Beeeeeeeeeeeep. The heart monitor flatlined as the pancreatic cancer patient was injected with poisonous serum. Through a painless procedure, the patient’s suffering was permanently ended. However, the precious life of this individual was also permanently ended due to the use of one controversial technology: euthanasia. Society’s concern is whether or not this technology should be permissible or forbidden. The underlying question is simple: Has euthanasia reached the point in which it becomes monstrous and destructive? Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein , embodies this question on a literal level; she uses an actual monster in her novel to illustrate the “monstrous” effects that technology has on society. Specifically, she defines a monster …show more content…
Originally, it was used only for people on their deathbeds; unfortunately, modern day society abuses the use of euthanasia by overusing it for unnecessary purposes. Altogether, this technology stirs up great controversy. Liberal groups vouch for its allowance because they believe that an individual deserves to end his or her own suffering. Conservative groups believe that this technology should not be permitted due to ethics surrounding self­induced death. This argument causes society to be divided on whether or not euthanasia is …show more content…
All technology eventually reaches this point if abused even though it is not initially intended to be monstrous. Once technology is abused, itseffects can turn evil. The fact that Shelley’s warning proved to be applicable in the twenty­first century is astounding; it was almost as if Shelley could predict the future. Whether a technology is used for a cruel purpose or just simply misused, both topics demonstrate how an innocent creation will turn monstrous once

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