Theme Of Corruption In Frankenstein

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Name Professor Class Date The Quest of Corruption Upon reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the idea of knowledge and science are apparently an important dilemma that she shares with her readers. Shelley shares her worries of knowledge corrupting mankind and portrays those worries in the life of Victor. The pursuit of knowledge, while being a part of human nature, has ruined the life of Frankenstein and his monster. There is a safe way to learn and Victor ignored the boundaries of knowledge, yes the power of knowledge is necessary but not at all costs. This point is one of Shelley’s main points in her novel; there is a limit to the knowledge achieved and boundaries that need to be taken in dealing with the pursuit of knowledge. Victor’s…show more content…
Victor’s creation becomes the epitome of mankind as he struggles to find a place in society and obtains just the right amount of knowledge. The first glimpse of humanity is seen in the monster when his story is told to Victor. Shelley bestows a life in the creature that allows for the reader to relate and feel compassion for him. This compassion is first felt as the creature begins telling Victor his story of life and learning. The very first words spoken by the monster “I expected this reception. All men hate the wretched…” (Shelley 65) allows for the reader to feel the creature’s pain and anguish as he lives alone and contemplates the abandonment of his creator. The monster’s humanity is seen within his need to learn, desire of company, and opportunity for reflection. He observes Felix and his family learning the customs of humans and the ability to speak and read. He lusted for more knowledge and was only satisfied in finding a character in “history” that related to his own misfortunes. The creature feels a connection with the devil, which in many ways is a more human character than God. The devil, like humanity and the monster, is flawed and yet still a loving and understandable character. He was cast away…show more content…
These new discoveries have threatened to erase all signs of humanity. Nanobot technology is a recent discovery and is being used to bring cancer treatments directly to the tumors. These nanobots are directed towards the tumor using a special liquid that allows them to be controlled by scientists and affectively cure cancer. Which does sound like a wonderful advancement in saving lives; however, many fear that nanobots will take over the human body. While scientists begin to discover new ways of using nanobot technology they work on the idea of using them to correct all problems with the human body. If this occurs nanobots will be made to continue to reproduce while curing the body part, but while continuing to cure they will not stop producing. This allows for the idea that within time the human body will no longer be completely human and instead will be only a form of science. Just as Victor created life scientists today are attempting to preserve it, but at what
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