Societal Representations in Frankenstein

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The monster that Dr. Frankenstein created posed questions and concerns for both the society in the 1880s, when Mary Shelley wrote the book, as well as for our society in our current time. Questions regarding the responsible progression of scientific research and implementation existed in both societies and were represented in the book.

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The Frankenstein Effect, which questions society’s role in fostering maladaptive traits in others existed at the time of the book and is still a question that begs to be investigated and realized. Thirdly, the loss of focus on the humanities as important for education was present in the book and is an ever-increasing concern today.
In the book, the monster instills fear in his creator, Dr. Frankenstein.

He fears the monster only after it is created, not during the creation process as seen here, the …first enthusiasm of success. Life and death appeared to me ideal bounds. then later, I beheld the wretch ” the miserable monster whom I had created (Shelly 4 & 5). This can be viewed as the fear that humans had regarding the increasing power of science to control life experiences, and to possibly control even life itself in the future. Today, are we forging ahead in our excitement of our scientific advancements without thinking carefully about the implications that may exist after their implementation?

We are advancing quickly in our ability to change the DNA structures of embryos, but have we carefully thought through the implications that such research and advancements could have on individuals and society as a whole? Nuclear arms, which are already in prevalent existence,

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