Essay about Frankenstein: Science and the Industrial Revolution

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Frankenstein: Science and the Industrial Revolution Frankenstein, written by author Mary Shelley, was a romantic based story written in Europe during the eighteen hundreds. During this time period, Europe was experiencing many social and economic changes. Many of these changes were a product of the industrial revolution of Europe. This time period can be defined and era of exploration, discovery and industrialization in which ideas were pushed to the limits. Victor’s creation of Frankenstein is a reflection of the industrial revolution and a scientific era in which the borders of the possible are pushed and society is forced to face a monster of their own.
Victor Frankenstein is one of the main characters in Shelley’s novel, as well
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The majorities of these factories were owned by higher class wealthy people and were run by the lower working class. Machines were becoming much more common throughout the factories. Because of these advances, factory owners did not feel obligated to pay as much to their employees since their products were mainly being produced by machines. Both Frankenstein and the industrial revolution were bi-products of advances within science which led to the anxiety of the people of Europe. Once the Victor created the monster, he was horrified by his creation. Instead of being proud of his creation, Frankenstein, he is haunted, plagued and sorrowed. It was then he realized he had created a true monster. Victor had a lot of work which had led up to the moment of bringing life to earth, but in the end he wished he had not created the creature. This idea can be paralleled to the workers of Europe during this time period. The industrial revolution spawned a new era of “life” with the creating of new machinery; however, the people of this time period were not so fond of this new creation in which science had developed (Lane). They were not happy with the fact their jobs were being replaced by machines. The creation of Frankenstein led to many murders. With the development of new machinery in factories, the workers suffered a death of their own. The advancement of technology led to the working classes downfall (McCullough). They had lower wages, longer

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