Scientific Experiments In Mary Shelley's The Temple Of Science
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Just as mentioned before in Mary Shelley’s days, scientists believed that someday they would be able to reanimate corpses, so although Frankenstein’s ‘mad scientist’ studies, examinations and experiments seem to be intense, Shelley, even if just loosely, based them on some of the scientific debates and discoveries.
Her main influencer being Charles Darwin’s grandfather Erasmus Darwin and Luigi Galvani.
Back then, it was not uncommon to share scientific ideas in poem form, which is why Darwin published a poem called “The Temple of Nature”. He developed a theory called “spontaneous generation” in which life could be created out of inert matter or it could be restored to seemingly dead matter.
Galvani, however, became famous for his experiments with electricity, his experiments showed that electrical impulses could animate the muscles of dead creatures, for example a deceased frogs’ legs. In a test in 1803, several scientists tried to bring an executed murderer back to life by attaching electrodes to his body, as we today know this experiment was doomed to fail from the beginning. Frankenstein’s experiments clearly are inspired by experiments alike.…show more content… Mary Shelley did not just ask questions that were important back in her day, but moreover those questions are important today too.
As we up until today still struggle, for example, to range things like the death penalty, genetically modified food, animal cruelty, technologies like stem cell therapy, cloning etc. on the moral as well as on the ethical