Role Of The Atomic Bomb In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Throughout our history we’ve evolved with science and technology and it has taken us to great heights. But haven’t there been times where we’ve taken science too far? That’s what took place in the book “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley. Victor Frankenstein took science too far and as a result had negative outcomes that would result in his death. Another event that is similar to this would be the creation of the Atomic Bomb which also resulted in negative outcomes that would lead to horrible deaths. Both events can show how taking science to an extreme can have horrifying results. Of course the creators of these events were willing to go to the extreme for their causes. But the creators in both situations may have not realized till after the long …show more content…
In “Frankenstein” the monster that Victor created would go on to murder Victor’s younger brother and threaten to murder the rest of his family if Victor doesn’t follow his orders, “The demon then confesses himself the murderer of Frankenstein 's brother; and, moreoever, declares his intention of immolating the rest of his family, if he does not create a female like himself” (Review of New Publications. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus. 3 vols. 12 mo. Lackington and Co.). Victor didn’t expect for a family to die because of his creation. When following his creation’s orders, Victor thinks about the long term effects that can happen, “A train of reflection occurred to me which led me to consider the effects of what I was now doing. She might become ten thousand times more malignant than her mate and delight, for its own sake, in murder and wretchedness” (Frankenstein ch. 20). The same effect happened with the Atomic Bomb. The Atomic Bomb was dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan August 6, 1945. The bomb would end up killing over 120,000 people, around 120,000 from impact of the bomb and tens of thousands later of radiation exposure. The people who lost their lives were ordinary Japanese citizens who weren’t involved with the War. The long term effects were horrifying and most likely unpredictable at the time the Atomic Bomb was created, “Long …show more content…
That is what shows from the book, “Frankenstein” with Victor Frankenstein’s creation of a monster and the creation of the Atomic Bomb. Both creators were willing to do what it took to get positive results. But both creations ended up resulting in the death of innocent people. It took these deaths for the creators to finally realize the wrong in tampering with science is. With all of these possible negative results why take the risk? Yes, scientists do want to evolve in science and technology, but isn’t there a limit in doing

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