So many years after it was written, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein lingers on our consciousness. Her novel challenges the Romantic celebration of creativity and genius by illustrating the danger of unbridled human ambition. When Frankenstein becomes consumed in his scientific experiment, he is able to fashion a stunning product: a quasi-human being. Similarly, the concept behind the World Wide Web was born of an impassioned mastermind. But since neither product was established with sufficient guidelines, they have spiraled out of control-sometimes, with lethal consequences. Nearly two centuries after Shelley wrote Frankenstein, the novel's theme is more pertinent than ever. Living in the Information Age, we continue to seek the proper response to knowledge. Shelley's examination of an inventor's motives, along with her subtle support of rules and responsibility, also remain relevant. Ultimately, the solution rests in strengthening the relationship between creator and creation.
Many critics attribute the popularity of Frankenstein to its portrait of perverted creation. They examine ways that Shelley critiques the creative process. For example, Robert LeCussan maintains that the author criticizes arrogance and egotism (116). George Levine, in his essay "The Endurance of Frankenstein," agrees; Frankenstein wants to flex his muscles, to create someone to "exercise his will and pay him homage" (111). Most critics concur that Frankenstein oversteps his bounds by presuming he's worthy of the creative act once reserved for God. Some critics associate Frankenstein's project with "Promethean arrogance...the ambition to create life without an order..." (...
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