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Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Without Control Human Creativity Is Dangerous

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The characters in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein discover that without control human creativity is dangerous. Discuss.

The drive to conquer unknown territories, consider new possibilities and approaches to life and the desire to learn are alapail proposed as worthy pursuits in Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. However, Shelley also highlights exactly what can occur when such pursuits and ambition are unchecked or approached without care and reflection. Ultimately it is the many individuals in Victor Frankenstein’s life who experience the deadly consequences of his creativity as his creation is repeatedly excluded and disregarded. Sadly, Frankenstein himself fails to ever really understand the dangerous implications of his actions, representative of humanity’s inability to consider the consequences of ill-considered actions.

Mary Shelley suggests that the pursuit of knowledge and understanding is a natural human endeavour, reinforcing the idea that human curiosity and desire to learn is indeed a universal quality and necessary to construct the human
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The final point being the cruelty of the DeLacey family, which the creature had observed for so long and learned much about humans, whereby he realises that humans who can be ”both magnificent and ……..” are also so very “vicious and base.” Mary Shelley suggests that our creative and compassionate selves are not always the first selves we choose to be and often the repercussions of our viciousness and base humanity is what we must live with. She highlights such consequences in the final interactions between Victor and the creature, suggesting that the creature is certainly a product of his creation and his interactions, that ultimately Victor and those with whom the creature has interacted are responsible for the
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