Frankenstein Scientific Accomplishments

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Today’s world of science is considerably different than it has been in the past. In a world with 3D printing and humanoids coming to life, one would never have expected to be in a world where none of this was possible. In Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, the reader is introduced to a character that battles with his scientific successes and his morals as he comes to terms with what he’s done in both realms. Shelley utilizes Frankenstein to provide an almost uncanny resemblance to what goes on in the science realm today and her stances on both sides. Before diving into the scientific successes and morality issues that Frankenstein fought with, the difference between scientific standards of 1818, when Frankenstein was published, and today’s world should be touched. When first published, scientists were more focused on finding and creating the philosopher’s stone than medical advancements. Alchemy was prominent and also where young Victor got his inspiration following the death of his mother. He notes famous alchemists including Agrippa and Magnus, who was the first to claim he created the philosopher’s stone. It is safe to say that finding a way to become immortal was the primary goal of scientists. …show more content…

Had the creature not decided to kill himself, he would have lived forever. From a realist’s standpoint, this would never be possible but still a substantial feat. Shelley shows how beautiful science can be as she details the perfections the creature has in the beginning of chapter two, but also how destructive carelessness can be with the consistent murders committed by the Monster towards Victor’s family. It goes to show that science is necessary, but the chance of immortality and the dangers it brings are an extreme

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