In this novel science and nature are two interconnecting forces that are often at odds. In fact Victor Frankenstein first became interested in science because of nature. When he was fifteen years old Frankenstein saw as lightening from a thunderstorm blasted an oak tree and shattered it into pieces of wood. This act fueled his interest in the destructive force of nature. Nature proved to be powerful and this act changed the course of Frankenstein’s life forever. Frankenstein would take this powerful event and try to recreate it in an unnatural scientific way that would haunt his life as a consequence. Even earlier in his life Frankenstein showed interest in science as a way to understand nature. After reading the scientific works of Agrippa, Paracelsus and Albertus Magnus the young Frankenstein comes to the realization that he has “a fervent longing to penetrate the secrets of nature” (41, Shelley). Frankenstein showed great interest towards the secret of life stating that “It was the secrets of heaven and earth that I desired to learn…...
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...helley further proved that she was for nature and against science by making nature one of the only sources of true happiness. The characters in Shelley’s novel were often only happy when surrounded by nature. I for one stand with Mary Shelley’s views towards nature and science. I think that she effectively proved that it is necessary for nature and science to be balanced. Nature works the way it does for a reason. Messing with nature is very dangerous and the consequences of it can be deadly. While I do not believe that Mary Shelley is condemning all of science it is important to heed her warning. Science should be regulated and be used to help us understand the world around us. Science should not try to handle things that it does not understand and should not be messing with. In the end balance is key and Mary Shelley wants readers to retain a respect for nature.
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