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Frankenstein takes place in the 1700’s, which was a very long time ago. Those times were very different from what we live in today. So much has changed such as are transportation, are media, and especially our medical technology. I think it is a great accomplishment that Victor brought life back to the dead. However, all of that aside, the fact that Victor built the creature is very impressive. Medical knowledge in the 1700’s was not good by any means. I really think that Victor needed more credit on the fact that he assembled a body the way he did. The creature had veins, arteries, and ligaments that allowed him to move. It is one thing to bring the life to the dead, but to do it to a fully functioning body that you built is even more impressive. The creature obviously had good blood flow to his brain, he also had great ligaments if he could “descend the mountain with greater speed than the flight of an eagle.” Victor was not given enough credit to his great accomplishment. When reading Frankenstein, I was almost as impressed with his ability to make the creature in the 1700’s as his ability to give it life. Building a body like this would be very hard and time consuming even with todays technology, assuming it would even work. Everything would have to be perfect. I do not think that Mary Shelley gave Victor the proper salutations on his creation.
On Thursday there were two discussions that I thought about even after the class ended. The fist one was about if the monster was human or not. The second was about if Victor was right or wrong in creating the monster.
I found the discussion we had in class about whether Frankenstein’s monster was human or not very interesting. The monster was created out of human parts and he did not come into this world normally. He was created not born. Although he did not have to grow up physically he did have to learn stuff the way all humans have to starting with sensations then to speech and communication. His brain was a blank slate.
I think he is human despite the way he was brought into the world. He has the same human emotions (anger, spitefulness, loneliness pity, joy, guilt, and sadness) learning capabilities (was a blank slate and needed to learn sensations, words and their meanings, how to communicate etc.) and needs (companionship, to be accepted by his creator, food, water etc.) If we were to successfully clone a human being would that make them any less human than a non clone? I think not. Therefore, the matter in which he came into this world does not make him any less human than you and I.
As for whether it was right or wrong for Victor to create the monster I think it depends on what you focus on. Is it wrong because he is playing God? Is it wrong because he mutilated bodies of other human beings? Is it okay since it was in the name of science? I honestly do not have an answer. Each of these questions make me answer differently. What I can say for certain is I think it was very wrong of Victor to abandon his creation.
Victor agrees to create a mate for the monster. He works hard on her but eventually ends up destroying it. He was worried that she would not want to live in solitude and they would reproduce. These fears are rational however, I believe he destroyed her out of selfish reasons not noble ones. I think he was worried about feeling more guilty and sorry for himself than he already does which is why he destroyed her.
Were his actions justified? Understandable yes, justifiable maybe not. He not only made the monster angry but he endangered everyone close to him by choosing to destroy the monster’s would be mate. It is obvious that Victor can not control the monster and when the monster is denied something good it resorts to violence. As the creator I think he has an obligation to make the monster happy to an extent. He did not befriend his creation in the beginning, instead he abandoned it. The least he could do is give it a little happiness since he was the once who created it.
I can not help but feel sorry for the monster and think negatively about Victor. The monster never asked to be created but it was. Victor played god by creating it but chose not to take responsibility. Instead, he ran away and as a result his loved ones keep getting hurt at the hand of the monster he created. I feel that the very least he could do was create a mate for it since he is in this deep.
The creation of the monster brings up obvious moral and ethical issue which apply to science right now. In today’s society generic engineering and cloning are not a thing of the future but of the present. Crops are genetically enhanced all the time and we have successfully cloned animals. The scientific community has been talking about the ethics and restrictions that should be placed on cloning and genetic engineering for years. What are the limits? Is the method okay if the end justifies the means? Is it right to clone a human? An organ? Food? An animal? Should we genetically enhance an unborn fetus? How far is too far? What are the possible problems?
These questions make me think of two different movies Gattaca and The Island. In Gattaca genetic engineering becomes a norm and people who are not genetically enhanced did not receive the same benefits and great jobs as the genically enhanced did. How far would our society go if gentic engineering were allowed. Would we be able to put restrictions on it so our society does not end up like the one in Gattaca? In The Island the rich and famous were able to clone themselves. The clones lived in a huge building and lead to believe that they were survivors of a natural disaster. When the person who paid for the clone needed an organ the clones would be taking into surgery and killed for it. These are two extreme examples but is it possible that our society could end up this way?