Mary Shelley 's Frankenstein - Original Elements And The Manner

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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published in 1818, and is well known for its Gothic elements and the manner in which is portrays scientific development. Victor Frankenstein’s desires to break through the bounds of life and death lead his life down a path of ruin. In modern times, the tragedy of Frankenstein is often used as a cautionary tale about the repercussions of scientific development, and there is little question as to why. Controversial topics such as cloning, artificial intelligence, and the extending of the human lifespan all bare resemblances with the cautionary heart of Shelley’s masterpiece. However, while it is certainly true that the tragedy described in Frankenstein is largely a result of scientific ambition, the work itself does not outright condemn scientific development. Shelley had an interest in scientific development, and it would be strange for her to outright object to one of her own passions. Thus, it is not scientific development that is being condemned, rather, it is the idea of scientific purpose that is under scrutiny. Frankenstein lost himself in the process of his work. He did not consider the repercussions of his actions. He failed to take responsibility for his actions. Yet, most importantly, his work held no purpose. His intents were to satisfy a personal curiosity, a selfish desire, and it is this perversion of science that Shelley rejects.
To truly appreciate Shelley’s classic, it is important to understand a little bit more about the…

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