Technology In Frankenstein

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As famous mathematician and scientist Albert Einstein once revealed, “It has become appallingly obvious that technology has exceeded our humanity.” Einstein questions whether or not the astounding amount of advanced technology that remains within humanity is overall beneficial to the world or not. Obviously, Einstein obtained clear opinions towards the amount of technology that existed in humanity during his time period. He thought that technology brought more negative consequences to society than positive ones. His theory remains the thought that if individuals become too dependent on one thing or idea, then the results may remain unfavorable. Author Mary Shelley illustrates Einstein’s theory in her book Frankenstein by utilizing the character…show more content…
The eighteenth century remained an exceptional time for mankind; the movement called the “Enlightenment” period not only provided extreme changes in the scientific aspects of life, but in the cultural and industrial ones too. In his article for the New York Times, David Bornstein describes the Enlightenment as “a period in history when fanciful thinking gave way to a more rational understanding of cause and effect” (Bornstein). In other words, reasoning and analytic thinking administered to anything ranging from new creativity in literature to new advances in science and inventions in technology. Although looking back, one would assume that these advances remain clear and inevitable, however not everyone during the Enlightenment appeared to share its views. The upper class of Europeans actually initiated a revolution to protest the logic of the eighteenth century and instead spent their time on the development of the future as the primary aspects of life. Their strong resistance to technology and industry, and instead an attraction with nature, which was often revealed through means of literature or art, gave them the title of romantics. In her article, “Elements of Romanticism in Frankenstein,” Nicole Smith describes Mary Shelley as a “ contemporary of the romantic poets” (Smith). In effect, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, which was a focal point of literature during that time period, critiques the intense uses of science and technology advancements through tactics of an evil monster, which although was a scientific fascination, validates to be a disorderly extortion, making life for civilization desolate. In her novel, Shelley illustrates the destructive effects science can have when taken past its initial purposes, which overall illuminates rather exactly the views of
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