Ethical And Contemporary Issues In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein?

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Centuries ago, a sixteen year old girl undertook a literary challenge that unbeknownst to her would deeply resonate with society and become one of the few “timeless tales” that have been written throughout history. A story of a man and his monster transcends the torrents of a multitude of interpretations and retellings, consistently containing key elements which enlighten the reader/viewer to the recurring themes and moral ambiguity of the story. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a gothic tale set in pre-modern Europe, brings to light many moral questions still existing in the present day. Questions are posed such as when does life begin and end; to what extent should scientific progression be allowed to tamper with creating life and bringing once live beings back from the dead; what would ensue if scientific minds were able to produce a “Frankenstein”?…show more content…
Eileen Simmons writes in Frankenstein for the Twenty-First Century: An Exploration of Contemporary Issues how she designed an assignment for her students to address moral and ethical contemporary issues of the present day using Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Simmons thought that the issues her students would address were the ever present “ethics involved in such medical issues as gene manipulation, DNA research, bioethics, and fetal-tissue transplants” (Simmons). Frankenstein and its closely related story-plot-cousins captivate audiences throughout the world and throughout time due to the situations that cause the reader/viewer to question their stance on morality and ethics revolved around the “Frankenstein

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