The Controversial Issues Of Frankenstein By Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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The Controversial Issues of ‘Frankenstein’ by Mary Shelley

‘Frankenstein’ is a Gothic Horror novel written by Mary Shelley. An ambitious scientist, Victor Frankenstein, creates a creature from
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Therefore, another controversial issue in this novel is the scientific research that Frankenstein was doing. He talks about his work at the start of chapter five. “I behold the accomplishment of my toils.” However, Mary Shelley shows that his research is not acceptable religiously because she calls him “The Pale Student of Unhallowed Arts” (unhallowed means cursed). Frankenstein knows that his work and research would not be accepted in his society. He also suspects that his work is wrong. “Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toils?” But even after all the scientific research that he has done, his results are unsatisfactory to his needs. He calls his creation a “catastrophe” and a “monster”. Maybe it was fate that the project he had devoted two years of his life to, turned out to fail miserably. The effects of his scientific research carry on in the rest of the novel. The creature demands that Frankenstein should continue his research and create another creature, ‘’my companion must be of the same species and have the same defects. This being you must create.’’ But before he finishes the other being, …show more content…
Frankensteins work was terribly controversial. This shows that it is possible to think of Mary Shelly’s novel as a warning of what can happen if man oversteps the boundaries of knowledge and starts interfering with things he should leave to God. In Mary Shelly’s time people believed that only God should create life; therefore if a man did so, like Frankenstein, this would lead to bad consequences. Frankenstein shows that his work is unholy by calling his creation a “filthy daemon” in chapter seven. This shows that he knows his work is wrong and that he has overstepped the mark and interfered with God’s work. By the end of the novel when he is talking to Captain Walton, Frankenstein compares himself to Adam who did something that God had forbidden; he ate the apple from the tree of knowledge. Frankenstein says to Walton, ‘’I fell, never, never again to rise.’’ Walton is so moved by his story that he takes notice of Frankenstein’s warning and turns his ship home. This part of the plot shows

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