Imagine a monster, but not just any monster, a human monster. With legs and arms, who can walk and talk just like a normal human (because it is human). Or at least made out of dead human body parts. Living and breathing by having rotting skin and recycled lungs. Terrifying, right? The good news is that this monster is from the science fiction, gothic novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. So this monster is not real. Or is it? With today's bio-science and technology, themes and warnings from Frankenstein could be seen in real people anywhere. Scientists are developing more realistic Artificial Intelligence, installing cybernetic implants, building mechanical prosthetics, creating Genetically Modified Humans, and allows access to gene therapy …show more content…
A GMH is someone who has had their genetic code added to, taken away, replaced, or edited. They are more commonly known as Designer Babies because this process is done at infancy. Gene therapy isn’t often done at infancy. These treatments have the advantage of allowing the patient to pick desired traits, for example, the most common gene changes are getting different colored eyes or hair, to be taller, to remove baldness, to lessen pimples, increase fertility, lessen the male “aggressive behavior”, remove color blindness, lessen alcoholism, and to gain or remove chin dimples. They are also used to prevent, treat, or cure diseases, like cancers or heart diseases. The unhealthy cells are removed and edited to be healthy again and then put back into the body to reproduce more good cells. These procedures aren’t very dangerous to they could help most people, but most clinical trials weren’t successful. This is why GMH and gene therapy is still largely experimental. It’s also largely expensive. Only the upper class people are available to these tests. The theory of negativity is that the upper class people could genetically change themselves to be better in strength, looks, intelligence, etc, and continue to populate so. Then, when the lower class people die of, there will only be the next advanced generation to take over. This theory means that the human race would have enhanced capabilities which, depending on how it is thought about, could be a really good thing or a really bad thing. This is very similar to the novel Frankenstein because Dr. Frankenstein specifically chose the body parts he wanted, the bigger and stronger parts, to make his perfect monster. He is a big fan of chemical sciences as “From this day natural philosophy, and particularly chemistry, in the most comprehensive sense of the term, became nearly my sole occupation. I [Victor] read with ardour those works,
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What makes a monster? In media, monsters are often portrayed as terrifying beings that wreak havoc wherever they go. In fact, the definition of monster is “a strange or horrible and often frightening creature” (“Monster”). However, monsters are not always so easy to identify – they exist in virtually every community in society. If to be strange or horrible is to be a monster, then, in a slightly more abstract line of thinking, humans can also be monsters.
In Gris Grimley 's Frankenstein many people see the creature as disgusting, murder, and a breast, but the creature as many similarities towards being a human. Victor has never seen him as being a human, he refers to him as a wrench, a devil, and a murder. He sees him as a detested form.” (85). However, the humans in the book only refer to the creature as a "monster" only for his appearance. While the couple remained out of the cottage, he creature makes his way into talking to the old man, which was blind and was not able to see anyone who is talking in front of him.
A monster being more human than a human is the intriguing and bold concept that Mary Shelley successfully conveys throughout Frankenstein. As the story progresses a clear shift of protagonists is crafted creating a fascinating yet subtle paradox, that allows the reader to empathise with the monster. This subtle paradox seems to be one of the guiding plotlines that makes this story an excellent reflection of human arrogance. While it may seem difficult to empathize with a hideous murderous monster, the reader is constantly reminded that he was built to be loving and exactly like a human. However, after constantly being corrupted and morally tested by human thinking the monster is led to become aggressive.
The monster is said to be a replica of Frankenstein. The monster has no control over his aggression and continues to murder his master’s loved ones. Although, this aggression is spurred on from the rejection and sorrow that humanity has placed on him (Cantor 117). The creature’s ultimate sorrow is caused by the denial of a companion
When people hear the word “monster”, most people imagine a massive, horrid, and grotesque figure that haunts people. While pondering what a monster is, mankind thinks of the outward appearance. Seldom do people think of man’s internal qualities as being barbaric or gruesome. Authors allow readers to create their own images of these terrifying beings. Frankenstein is a thought-provoking novel that empowers readers to have their own opinions about who the actual monster is and what it looks like.
In this excerpt, Victor Frankenstein explains how he had yearned for this moment for two years, but when his dream came true, he was filled with horror and disgust. When this happened, he eventually came to the conclusion that it would be better to abandon the monster all together. However, in doing so, he filled the monster with hate, which led to many deaths committed by the monster. Due to this, it is easy to trace the monster's actions back to Victor Frankenstein, classifying him as a
Knowledge can be Blessings and Curse A teenage girl Mary Shelly wrote Frankenstein in the 18th century. A Gothic novel Frankenstein deals with two genres, Gothicism and science fiction. Victor, one of Mary Shelly’s characters represents man’s pursuit of knowledge which ultimately leads towards the path of destruction while another character Robert Walton implemented his knowledge wisely to get benefits for the society. Mary is indicating to the society that mankind has to pay full attention to science and scientific innovations in order to avoid the catastrophic events due to misuse of knowledge.
A good monster is never human or inhuman. Monsters serve as cautionary tales about the consequences of reckless abandon, and far more often than appearing as metaphysical beings, their true form is an idea. When children check under their beds and inside of their closets for a pair of yellow eyes and a toothy grin, they do not dispel any physical entity. Instead, they dispel the unknown. Similarly, in Mary Shelley’s novel Frankenstein, Victor Frankenstein grapples not with a physical entity, but his own personality flaws.
ENG-3U0 November 20 2015 Frankenstein: The Pursuit of Knowledge Throughout the course of their individual journeys, Victor Frankenstein’s extreme passion for gaining knowledge about creating life, Robert Walton’s curiosity to discover land beyond the North Pole and the monster’s eagerness to obtain knowledge about humans was the principal cause of each of their suffering. As such, In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the pursuit of knowledge is a dangerous path which leads to suffering. Victor Frankenstein develops a keen interest in discovering knowledge about living beings which ultimately results in his personal suffering as well as others suffering. To begin with, Victor embarks on an assignment through combining body parts and following various
In addition to helping unborn babies and ending hereditary diseases, gene editing can be used to cure and treat a variety of conditions and diseases. In society today, the population of developed countries is dying because of diseases like cancer and heart disease. Gene editing can modify different cells in the human body to attack cancer cells and heal damaged tissue. Recently, scientists used gene editing therapy to make a leukemia patient cancer-free. The researchers treated the patient by modifying her T cells into CAR T cells, which would track and destroy cancer cells.
Numerous research has concluded that several emotional bonds exist between humanity and nature that can impact everything from attitude to anxiety. Novels of the romanticism period, a significant literary era that encompassed most European works written in the early 1800’s, are most known for describing the impacts that nature has on people and implying that unexpected consequences can arise out of this relationship; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a prime example of such a novel. The prime conflict of this 1818 science-fiction story occurs between the titular character, Victor Frankenstein, and a monster he creates through his own scientific innovations. Because of Victor’s abandonment of the monster, it becomes intent on destroying the scientist’s
During the Romantic era, Mary Shelley wrote one of her famous book called Frankenstein, which became respected literature of Romantic era. Even though Frankenstein was created mainly to emphasize horror, it rather developed different point of views; it captured many audiences who sought for ideas of science and nature. Throughout the story, Mary Shelley mingled science, human emotions, and nature in order to create supernatural tale that can be understood despite specks of illogical ideas. To make the story as much as smooth as possible without any disbeliefs, Mary Shelley incorporated science and morality in order to enhance her story to be easily absorbed and felt.
The procedure putting another extra clone gene to the mom’s womb and growing is not easy and sometimes it can cause moms and the child 's death. Because we want a clone baby doesn’t mean we want to kill the moms so it is irrelevant and hazardous. Peoples want to believe that we shouldn 't be afraid of cloning babies or having engineered baby, but however people connected to their religion and didn’t want to mess with their god(religion) so because of that most of the people didn’t want to accept this technology. As seen in the (Caplan’s) article, scientists are using CRISPR CAS9 to make a new engineered baby. This tool helps to edit genes in animals and insects and now it also works on human to modify their genes and to enter the new gene to make clone babies.the intriguing instance of genetic modification was that there is a lot of controversies and agreements in human cloning.
Gene editing is the alteration of a person’s genetic material to delete undesirable traits or to create desirable new ones. Scientists can identify a defective DNA strand to be cut out and changed, then they use a protein that acts like scissors to cut out the improper gene and cells, then a healthy strand of DNA is inserted at the cut site and enzymes repair it (Crow). The goal of gene editing is to treat genetic disorders. Gene editing could potentially decrease or even
Frankenstein We all have the assignment books we get in school. The Odyssey, The Iliad, and last but not least Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein’s recognized by the vast majority of the world due to its use for education. The story of how a doctor, Victor Frankenstein, creates life but in return creates a monster as well.