Shelley demonstrates this fear in the book as science drives Victor Frankenstein to create his monster. In the end, it is also his use of science that inevitably becomes his demise. Mary Shelley's life experiences are blatantly displayed in her writing of Frankenstein. Her use of science in the book directly relates to the many discoveries of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, specifically the discovery of the nature of electricity. For example, Benjamin Franklin was a well-known scientist who studied the scientific properties of electricity in the 1700's.
One of the greatest writes of his time, Ray Bradbury has contributed so much to the science fiction world. He has the ability to make people think about subjects which they have never thought about. He is different from all the other writes due to the fact that he is a '…self taught writer'; (Johnson 4). He is such a good writer because he interbreeds his dreams and his youthful experiences into his works. He tries to show us possible '…earthbound futures with death, his science-fiction stories, set on earth tend to be warnings'; (Mogen 94).
When he describes the Elois and the Morlocks, he makes a contrast between them. When H.G.Wells travels into the future, the words that he uses gives the impression that the world was scary and horrible, which adds to his reasons for writing 'The Time Machine', as a warning of the social divide. I notice that the language that H.G.Wells uses to describe the future he goes into is very negative, e.g. 'apocalypse' and 'annihilation of the human race'. The language he uses is fantastic and makes you want to read on.
From catastrophic cyberpunk to futuristic space opera, science fiction texts remain perennial favourites with readers. Science fiction extends scientific principles in a fictional sense to form the plot while catering to society’s ever changing scientific interests. Early sci-fi employed slow-paced storylines and wishfully extrapolated every technological breakthrough. However, more recent texts have a stronger foundation in scientific theory, and serve as a critical mirror to the advances of humanity. Despite the constant revolution of the sci-fi genre, good science fiction is and always will be characterised by scientific principles, creative fiction and analytical social commentary.
This is the same effect Wells is trying to elicit from his readers by adhering to his law of science fiction writing. This essay shall address the question of do Wells’ own works and others follow his law of science fiction? ... ... middle of paper ... ...itely breaks Wells’ Law can be seen in William Gibson’s Neuromancer (1984). This was published at the height of the punk scene and is one of the first best known works that became a subgenre of science fiction – cyberpunk. This subgenre is also very closely linked with ‘hard science fiction’ due to its raw reliance on science, technology or biology to tell the story.
In literature, Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” serves as a bioethical exhortation for today’s technological advances in genetic cloning. Mary Shelly’s “Frankenstein” provides a clear distinction between the theoretical grandeur of man’s ability to scientifically produce life and the stark reality, which it encompasses. Mary prophetically illustrates some of the potential hazards of breaking through the barrier that separates man from God. Her insight allows the reader to trace these repercussions through Victor Frankenstein, the monster, and eventually society. The character of Victor Frankenstein illustrates the path of destruction scientists can create when ignoring their moral community.
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is an early 19th century cautionary tale examining the dark, self-destructive side of human reality and human soul. It is written in the Romantic era where society greatly valued scientific and technological advancement. Throughout the novel, Shelley expresses her concerns of extreme danger when man transgresses science and all ethical values are disregarded. The implications of debatable experimentation and thriving ambition could evoke on humanity are explored in the novel. Likewise, “Blade Runner”, a sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott in 1982 is a futuristic representation of Los Angeles in 2019.
Natural selection and the conflict with religion were emerging as strong issues. At the time this book was written, Britain was undergoing an industrial revolution that meant drastic improvements in technology in science, altering people’s lifestyles and jobs. Wells feeds off of these developments in science to the extent that he writes about intellectually and ... ... middle of paper ... ... as frightening as a horror film, mainly because you have no visual or audible aid in literature as you do in film. In conclusion, Wells does successfully create a climate of terror for an audience of his generation and we must appreciate his influence on science fiction literature and film in modern times. He not only wrote an encapsulating novel, but also incorporated relevant political and social issues of his contemporaries into his book.
Zizek claims that the novel “does not directly approach its true focus; instead, it tells the story as a depoliticized family drama or a family myth” and that “the characters of the novel re-enact earlier political polemics on the level of personal psychology” (76). There are many interpretations that can be given of the monster in Frankenstein. Zizek poses the question, “what does the monster mean, what does it stand for?” (75). He then claims, “It can mean the monstrosity of social revolution, ... ... middle of paper ... ...s with his actions during the Reign of Terror, showing that he became a monster, or rebel, as a product “of oppression, misrule, and despotism under the ancien regime” (Zizek 78). This is according to the ideas of both Zizek and Mary Wollstonecraft.
Frankenstein marries two very different schools of thought. Through the character of Victor, the possible outcomes of the fusion of both theories are elucidated. With the influence of Shelley's views on the technological advancement of the age, the intermingling led only to disaster, even though Victor's intentions were good. Shelley successfully portrayed both the romantic and technological attributes of Victor and the consequences his actions played on the world around him. Victor represented a society on the verge of great changes; changes that Shelley apparently thought would negatively affect the world.