The Island Of Dr. Moreau And Frankenstein Essays

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In the novels The Island of Dr. Moreau and Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus, the main characters are both scientists that try to supersede the natural order of life and try to play the role of God by challenging the limits of science. They push these boundaries by using science to point where they are able to create their own, man-like beings. In The Island of Dr. Moreau, Dr. Moreau is depicted as a mad scientist trying to use science to see if he could create a community of beast-men through the process of vivisection. Although he succeeds in doing this, he also ultimately ends up wreaking havoc upon the island, its inhabitants and himself. Similarly, in Frankenstein; Or, The Modern Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein is represented as a person obsessed with science and “the secret of life” which he pursues by creating and animating a creature which ultimately brings death and destruction to Dr. Frankenstein’s life. Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells portray these characters as trying to supersede the natural order of nature to show how the unrestrained pursuit of knowledge could bring devastation to society, if not controlled. Although both the authors have essentially the same message, Mary Shelley does a more proficient job of conveying her ideas to the reader. She does this by developing Dr. Frankenstein as relatable to the reader and by outlining step by step, the consequences that can come about through the unbound pursuit of scientific knowledge. This essay compares and…

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