Frankenstein Scientific Responsibility Essay

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Frankenstein’s inability of Moral and Scientific Responsibility When studying science, the essential proponent to any experiment is a hypothesis. A hypothesis should immediately follow the intentions of consequence and gratitude if successful. Unfortunately for Victor Frankenstein, looking past the goal of creating life did not occur. In Mary Shelly's Frankenstein, Victor's obsession with science and his motive to create life affect his moral judgement and scientific responsibility, causing him to lose loved ones and his sanity. It can be argued that in the age of Enlightenment, Victor’s motive behind bringing the Creature alive was to play God, though it may not be the case. Today, it can be argued that his obsession and lack of socialization…show more content…
With Frankenstein’s dangerous thirst for knowledge, comes the monstrosity not from the Creature, but Victor himself. Victor’s infatuation with scientific discovery enables him to lose touch with life happening outside of his laboratory “My limbs now tremble, and my eyes swim with the remembrance; but then a resistless; and frantic impulse urged me forward; I seemed to have lost all soul or sensation for this one pursuit” (Shelly, p. 81). Shelly’s Frankenstein allows for both Fatalism and Materialism. For the idea of God is represented, as well as the human body being made up of material goods. Victor plays God by bringing the Creature to life “A new species would bless me as its creator and source; many happy and excellent natures would owe their being to me” ( Shelly, p.).. Though, one can argue that Victor Frankenstein’s role of God is not absolute, for Victor completely abandons the Creature the moment life was brought to its eyes. A significant biblical illusion that takes place in the novel is the story of Adam and Eve and the idea of punishment in knowledge. Frankenstein’s dangerous thirst for knowledge like Adam and Eve’s, later detriments their destiny. “When I would account to myself as for the birth of passion, which afterwards ruled my destiny, I find it arise, like a mountain river from ignobe and almost forgotten sources…]” (Shelly,

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