Nature and Nurture in Frankenstein and Rappaccini's Daughter One of the most popular disputes in the history of philosophy regards whether nurture of a human being plays a more important role in the formation of its character than the genetic heritage that it bears. As a natural result, the dispute echoes in many literary works, not always directly, but sometimes taking the form of a pretext or a motif in a larger context. Such examples are "Frankenstein" by Marry Shelley and "Rappaccini's Daughter"
scholarly use. I say "peril," because as we are increasingly coming to understand, these technological wonders arrive only with several crucial caveats: Internet addresses can be here today and gone tomorrow, CD ROMs and complex Web sites are astonishingly time consuming and costly to produce, proprietary interests are starting to use finance as a means of controlling access to information, and hardware is developing so quickly that the septium or octium chip can only be a matter of months in the future (unless