Power And Dangers Of Science In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

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Science is a controversial, innovative and immense part of our world. It is uncontrollable and at other times, its affect on our world is unexplainable. There is something new that science discovers everyday but it is to some extent in which its impact is perceived precariously. One must be careful of what they create and it’s potential ability to self-destruct. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein demonstrates the power and dangers of science and nature and the potential uncertain impact of crossing the bounds of mankind.
From a young age, Victor always wants to exceed the boundaries of his knowledge about the universe, “The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine. Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to me, are among the earliest sensations I can remember.”(Shelley, 22 ). Although his love for chemistry is not supported by everyone, Victor still goes off to University and continues to search for the answers of death by going beyond the normal human restraints, “So much has been done, exclaimed the soul of Frankenstein—more, far more, will I achieve; treading in the steps already marked, I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation.”(Shelley, 47). Victor is unable to control his passion, and even refers to himself
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Many scientists to this day are creating stepping stones for tools causing mass destructions and horror with no thought or unease of what those developments will mean to mankind. Even scientists who clone and work with manipulation of DNA do not seem to consider what their discoveries might be used for. While acknowledging it is impossible to predict all the uses of any one thing, science must be accountable for the applications of technologies and the dangers it could bring to the planet we live
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