English IV Honors
1 April 2013
The human race is one that has been fueled since the very beginning by discovery. The earliest scientific findings involved the earliest forms of human life creating the first fires; through time and evolution scientists today are creating glow-in-the-dark-cats. (Meyer) The questions many people are faced with today include how far are we pushing science and whether our thirst for advancement justifies the discoveries that are being made today. Drawing parallels to today’s question on the justification of scientific advancement is Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein. The novel explains the extraordinary life of a young man named Victor Frankenstein. Victor was the eldest child of his family and was raised and adored by his parents. Victor came from a wealthy Swiss family. As a child, Victor was a very passionate kid who was extremely hungry about learning and unlocking the mysteries of the universe through the acquirement of knowledge. He spent his childhood years reading of scientists, one who truly captivated and entertained his fascination for human nature and philosophy was Cornelius Agrippa. Victor becomes obsessed with the nature of human life and vows to unlock its secrets. Victor begins to question the truth in the science of the philosophy of human life and then decides to study mathematics. Victor’s parents wanted to feed Victors quest for knowledge and so they send him to the University of Ingolstadt to further his passion for learning. Once he is there, Victor regains his passion for natural philosophy when he meets Professor Waldman. From Waldman, Victor learns most of what he knows about human life. Victor acquires the way to bring forth life and with that knowledge, he decides to try and create a creature who would be able to admire him as his sole owner and creator and with that bring joy to his life. Victor scavenges the bodily remains of the dead in cemeteries and...