Comparing Science and Religion in Frankenstein and Angels and Demons

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Comparing Science and Religion in Frankenstein and Angels and Demons

Science and religion have been at odds since back in Galileo’s day and maybe even before. The battle rages on even today with debates on cloning and stem cell research. These issues can be seen not only today’s literary works but also in the works from the years past. Two great examples of the past and present are: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Dan Brown’s Angels and Demons. Both deal with the issue of the roles that science and religion play. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a horror story written in 1831. It tells a tale of Victor Frankenstein’s obsession with playing God and creating a man and the consequences that come with it. Not only does the book reflect
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After Victor abandons his monster the monster starts to take away Victor’s loved ones. “Have a care; I will work at your destruction, nor finish until I desolate your heart, so that you shall curse the hour of your birth” (Shelley 135). Here is another area that Shelley gives a lesson on life. She shows that when man attempts to play God that he ultimately destroys himself. Professor Silver of Princeton University states that “they argue further that any attempt by “man” to cross into God’s domain—with the use of unnatural technology – will be repelled with dire consequences” (Silver 1). Professor Silver also states that, “In the public mind, Frankenstein represents what WILL go wrong if ‘man’ (meaning the community of scientist) goes ‘too far’” (Silver 2). This is exactly what happens to Victor Frankenstein. After he creates and destroys the monster, the monster finds him and demands that Victor makes another one like him so that he may have company. Victor attempts but then refuses fearing what would occur if the two were to produce offspring. The monster then keeps his promise destroying all those dear to Victor. Victor and the monster eventually perish but not without a lesson learned. Angels and Demons also bring about the idea of science versus religion but in a more direct way. Where as Shelley did not point out or blame any specific religion but spirituality in general, Dan Brown uses the Catholic Church as his main

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