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Current topicality of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein There are few writers in world literature whose heroes have become common names and are used in the every day life of people from different cultures. Among the limited number of such lucky creators is Mary Shelley who has written at quite a young age in 1818 her everlasting "Frankenstein". Despite this fact the novel is extremely persuasive and intriguing, having the full range of features which show a mature author's experience. The publishing of the story immortalises her. The fame which the book brings transcends borders and time. They are the best verification of the monster's suggestion after the death of the ambitious doctor: "and when I shall be no more the very remembrance of us both will speedily vanish". This modest supposition proves not to be true. At least his ominous silhouette remains in the mind overloaded with information. All our readers' attention being absorbed, we do not notice how we transfer the name of Dr Frankenstein over to the fruit of his scientific work. Actually the monster he creates so diligently is left unnamed and is mistakenly called after his creator. ...read more.


The writer includes its meaning of "drudgery" in the expression for his artificially created heroes because they are designed to do appallingly undesirable work. His aim to warn the readers about the consequences of unaccountability for our inventions is just a variant of the message conveyed in Mary Shelley's novel. Will reality have a more acceptable solution than those given by either writer!? It is never certain that the experimenter will be able to keep control over his product and that the prophecy of Nostradamus will not come true! Luckily Capek's robots lose their energy and the miserable wretch from Shelley's book decides to destroy himself in the Arctic: "Polluted by crimes, and torn by the bitterest remorse, where can I find rest, but in death?" Such fictional decisions should not tranquillize us, however, and we must be alert to the actions of people given enormous powers by the masses. We should not endure the experience of Dr Frankenstein based on his failure to assume responsibility for his own creation. We may connect the worst in his character with the hypocrisy we see in politicians when they hide the truth. ...read more.


The society, the way of treatment - this is what could turn everyone into a criminal. Shelley's advocacy is based on developing her rejected hero's character. At the beginning he displays the attitude of a diligent adolescent who would like to learn everything about the core topics and people's relationships. His assiduity deserves respect. He is driven to the murders and suffers the consequences. The delicate woman from the epoch of George the third raises her strong voice in defence of humiliated individuals. It is amazing how far in time and how close to our reality is Mary Shelley with her significant "Frankenstein". The worldwide impact of her book could give us a good lesson. It is an impressive legacy and a warning to generations to come. Every year on 11/11 British war veterans say with open sorrow: "Why do we never learn!". Unfortunately those who we have entrusted with authority do not heed these historic and topical warnings. There is no excuse for violation hidden under any form against the planet Earth. This is the message sent to us down the years by Mary Shelley which we stubbornly ignore at our peril but should remember forever. 1 ...read more.

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