What makes a monster? Is monstrosity purely physical or is monstrosity a term used to denote immoral behavior? However one chooses to answer this question one must inevitably speak about the “monster” in relation to other beings in a given society at a particular time. In this essay I attempt to not only capture the “monster” as an engineered body, but also highlight the connection and possible tension between scientific knowledge and the morality of scientists and society during the Scientific Revolution/Enlightenment period. Traveling back in time to the 1700’s I will show readers that all that is needed to create a monster is an engineer, parts, a spark, society and a little science.
Confucius, an influential Chinese philosopher, once famously stated "Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others"(Attack the Evil...). In the book of Frankenstein, the author Mary Shelley expresses a contrary idea for the protagonist Victor Frankenstein. Instead of ¨attacking the evil that is within yourself”, Victor Frankenstein, a mad scientist, creates the evil of himself, and leads to a series of consequences for the society, his family as well as friends. An individual's excessive passion for scientific invention and the blind pursuit of reputation as well as the parental-child tensions may result in the failure of responsibility toward one's self, family, a disrespect to nature, and eventually
Just as Frankenstein’s monster was the first of a new species of being, so Mary Shelley’s novel was the first of a species of book. Frankenstein is generally accepted to be the first ever science-fiction story (Stableford, 1995), and it incorporates themes that are now considered to be at the core of the genre. However at the time of writing, the genre of science-fiction did not exist, since she had yet to create it. It is therefore imperative to examine how Shelley’s work functions as a piece of gothic literature, taking into account all of the accompanying symbolism and imagery that entails.
For people like Mary Shelley, Isaac Asimov, Victor Frankenstein and Lee McCauley, science goes beyond its definition of dealing with the human body or proving or disproving the purpose of a general scientific law/ theory . In the article, The Frankenstein Complex and Asimov’s Three Laws, written by Lee McCauley, she discusses different topics having to do with various opinions on the three laws of Asimov and the very many views that people have on the role science has in the creation of robots, and such technology that is said to “ help ” man kind. In relation to this, the novel, Frankenstein written by Mary Shelley, incorporates the views of science at the time into a narrative of adventure, abandonment and erratic actions. In the time
TO PLAY WITH FIRE Introduction Countless scientific explorations and experimentations had been conducted and were continuing to be conducted up to and during the time Frankenstein was written in. Directly and indirectly through these explorations and experimentations living conditions of humanity changed drastically and rapidly especially -unincidentally- (In relation to the period in which Marry Shelley lived.) during the 18th and 19th centuries. Human societies experienced dramatic changes in almost all areas of life in ways never like before and in an extremely brief time span compared to the rest of the human history.
Frankenstein’s Message for the Modern Age Frankenstein’s message for the modern age is to do experiments with caution, and to not mislead others about scientific matters. Discussing the issues that it raises for the society; scientists should try to minimize any effect their work can have on people, animals, and the environment. We will learn about the many lessons that can be taken and applied to the 21st -century world, which will help us as global citizens to know our responsibilities for others. The lessons we can take and apply to this 21st-century world are that knowledge comes with risks and we should understand and know the downfall that comes with science.
The Downfall of Victor Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft, mother of Mary Shelley, believed that women should be treated as equals and said as much in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman; therefore, it is hard to imagine how Mary Shelley, daughter of one of the leading feminists during the Romantic era, managed to write such a horrific novel that is devoid of any strong female leads. The theme of Frankenstein could actually stem from the fact that, even though men are the main characters, it is full of mistakes they make; therefore, it makes sense that In the story Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Victor 's loss of influential women in his life, ultimately leads to his downfall. Caroline Frankenstein’s death leads to the early loss of Victors
The concept of all people being equal was one that was new to the people of the age of Enlightenment. Equality would grant all men a say in their government and let them explore the world around them. Jean-Jacques Rousseau demonstrates how the ideals of society were changing when he states The common good is what is best for a society as a whole, not just for a few people or the individual or group that is acting. The common good is built upon equality. It is meant to ensure the welfare of all people regardless of social class.
My topic for this ISP will be the similarities between Victor Frankenstein and his creation. In the novel, Frankenstein and his creation seem to be complete opposites, but as I kept reading I noticed that the two are actually quite similar. I chose this topic because it interests me. I really liked the way my perspective on the two characters drastically changed just as I read more of the novel.
Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Ishiro Honda, 1964) 1964 was the year that Toho decided to shift the kaiju genre 's focus from adults to children, stripping the films from much of their depth and largely turning them into wrestling matches among actors with monster suits. This particularly film though, remains one of the best entries in the category, particularly due to its cast that featured Takashi Shimura, who played in Akira Kurosawa 's "Ikiru" and Eiji Okada, from Hiroshi Teshigahara 's "Woman in the Dunes". This time the plot involves Princess Selina, who is saved from an assassination attempt by police detective Shindo. The Princess also prophecies disasters to come, which after a while become true, as a meteorite that had previously crashed on Earth, is revealed to be an egg that hatches into King Ghidorah.