Playing God, pinching corpses, pretention is this a morally justified thing to do?
These are all traits of Victor Frankenstein. Was this morally right for a Georgian man?
Would this even be right for a modern day man? What was Mary Shelley trying to say?
What was the “monster” like and was he really born evil?
These are all questions to be explored as well as many others.
In the 1700’s things were very different to life today; this included the medicine of the time. The idea of medicine came from the Greeks and they came up with the four humours (consisting of water, fire, air and earth.) By the 1840’s most anaesthetics were accepted as James Simpson presented a powerful case for them; however they didn’t make surgery safer and the amount of people dying from operations increased. The final breakthrough for anaesthetics was when Queen Victoria accepted the use of Chloroform during the delivery of her eighth child. Even though being anesthetised was less painful surgeons did not take any precautions to protect open wounds and infections were spread by the reuse of old bandages!
Since the sixteenth century medicine has progressed further and it will continue to do so until...maybe when a miscreated ‘monster’ is born. We can now perform acutely complex operations and offer surg...
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...ds) and a bit mad, he says repetitively how beautiful the ‘monster’ is going to be but as soon as he is alive he becomes some hideous creature to him that should never have been born and therefore he must shun him. The way he narrates the story it is that he is angelic and justified for his actions and the monster (his creation) is benevolent and a disgrace!
Mary Shelley’s message has something to do with today as there is all this talk that we have the science to bring back the dinosaurs and make our perfect disease free babies! But do we really need clones and all this risk in our lives. I think this is the kind of thing she was trying to suggest and warn us of before we get too carried away. And to be honest I think we are better off without some of the technology we have available today and I don’t think it will stop until something goes terribly wrong!
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