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By | Jan. 2013
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Have you ever looked into a mirror and thought, “Who am I? How do I define myself as a person?” The question of morality is very complicated and can cause one’s self to look deeply into the soul and mind. Morality is defined as ones behavior as it is affected by the observation of these principles; these principles are the philosophical issues a person has. It’s the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" and those that are "bad". The philosophy of morality is ethics. Morality may also be specifically synonymous with "goodness" or "rightness”. An example of a moral code is the Golden Rule which states that, "One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself." The approach that reflects upon the book Frankenstein by Mary Shelly is the moral/philosophical approach. This approach states that these critics believe the main purpose of literature is to teach morality and to analysis philosophical issues. In the book Frankenstein, the moral/philosophical approach was deeply and greatly reflected in the characters as well as the writing by Mary Shelly with literary techniques and the study of one’s emotional state. Moral conflict is one of the most important factors of the Science Fiction genre. We are given situations that are beyond our sphere of experience and asked to make sense of it with the values of our day. Because our experience is limited, we have to stretch beyond the precedence set by our time. We have to center our moral decisions on patterns set by earlier ethical predicaments. This is one reason why Frankenstein has been such a successful Science Fiction novel. It discovers one of the basic elements of our society and asks us to make a decision about our obligation to accept responsibility for what is being created. We get the option to determine whether we will address that conflict or ignore it and hope it goes away. Within that conflict, Shelley uses imagery and symbolism to...