Creating Life by Cloning is Immoral

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Creating Life by Cloning is Immoral The idea of creating life has intrigued people since the beginning of time. Mary Shelly in her novel Frankenstein brought this idea to life. In this novel, Victor Frankenstein created life by using advanced science and spare body parts. The idea of creating life is a current controversy. Technology now allows for the cloning of sheep. Certainly, the ability to clone humans cannot be far away. It is necessary to place restrictions on cloning research and to ban humans cloning because human cloning is immoral. Furthermore, the expectations placed on a cloned creature by society would be unbearable for the creature, and would lead to its psychological demise. In the nineteenth century, the idea of creating life was thought to be science fiction. A nineteenth century writing, Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein, portrays Victor (the creator) as innocent and the creation as evil at the beginning of the novel. Later, it becomes evident that the monster was not evil when created, rather that the creature was made evil by the surrounding environment. Victor's immediate response was, as Shelly writes, "Great God! His yellow skin scarcely covered the work of muscles and arteries beneath" (??). The monster soon understood that he was in fact hideous. Shelly writes, "Knowing social opinion, the monster explained after his agonizing shock of self-discovery, 'All men hate the wretched'" (??). Whereas the cloning of humans may not produce a being like Victor's creation, there is little doubt that society may react harshly to this new type of being. The expectations would be enlarged for the creation, which may lead to negative consequences for both the creation and society. Society would be f... ... middle of paper ... ...te Species: Populations, 'Humanities,' and Frankenstein." ELH Winter 1996: 959-968. Meilaender, Gilbert. "Religious, Philosophical, and Ethical perspectives on Cloning: Cloning in Protestant Perspective." Academic Universe. 1998: 10. Lexis- Nexis. http://web.lexis-nexis.com/unives (3/28/99). Pimple, Kenneth D. "Religious, Philosophical, and Ethical perspectives on Cloning: The Ethics of Human Cloning and The Fate of Science in a Democratic Society." Academic Universe. 1998: 10. Lexis- Nexis. http://web.lexis-nexis.com/unives (3/28/99). RNS. "Clinton Urges Ban on Cloning of Himans." Christian Century. 18 June 1997: 583-584. Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. New York: Norton and Company, 1996. Wesche, Kenneth Paul. "Well Hello, Dolly." Pro Ecclesia Summer 1997: 273-276.
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