Frankenstein and Scientific Knowledge
In the novel Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who seeks the secret of life and the promise of youth. In doing so, he creates a monster from dead body parts, hopefully finding a cure for sickness and death. After working for years on his project, Victor has finally completed his masterpiece. However, after seeing this hideous creature he runs for cover because he cannot stand the sight of his monstrous creation. By the time Victor had returned to his house after fleeing, the monster was already gone with the sense of abandonment forever instilled in his heart. The Monster then feels neglected by his creator and swears revenge upon Victor and his loved ones. In his plot for vengeance the monster kills everything important to Victor, in order to make him realize the wrong he has done. Upon these happenings, the monster learns a lot about the culture that surrounds him such as language, history, the social structure and feelings. Through the eyes of the monster, we can see that the misuse of scientific knowledge has a large impact on the functions of social class and how a society views the members of its community. The novel has a strong opinion on the importance of the social class structure during the time the novel was written, focusing on the middle class.
The misuse of scientific knowledge that Victor used to create the monster, caused him to live in agony and harm members of society due to their brutal response to his uncontrollable deformity. "When I looked around, I saw and heard of none like me. Was I then a monster, a blot upon the earth, from which all men fled, an whom all men disowned?" (Shelley 95) This shows that because the monster was brought to life in such an unrealistic, human way, and with his inhumanly looks, people shunned him and caused the monster to regret life and his creation. The abuse of Victor's knowledge led to the monster and his...
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