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'Frankenstein has become the monster' - What relevance does this statement have for us in the 21st century?

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Frankenstein Essay 'Frankenstein has become the monster' What relevance does this statement have for us in the 21st century? Most people have heard the word 'Frankenstein'. Many have not read the book or seen the film and therefore associate the name with the monster and so the fiend of the story could, in theory, be Victor. This essay seeks to explore whether Frankenstein has any relevance or not in the 21st Century or whether the notion of monsters is now outdated. During the time when Mary Wolfstonecraft Shelley was alive, science would have been looked upon as something evil; something against the will of God. Victor Frankenstein was a scientist. All he wanted to achieve through bringing his scientific creation to life, was glory. This monster was just a tool for him to fulfil his ambition. While Victor is building up to the creation of the monster, his work consumes him and his health deteriorates, as well as his shaky mental condition. He views the monster as being "Beautiful. Beautiful!" VICTOR As soon as the monster is alive, however, his views change radically. "Oh! No mortal could support the horror of that countenance. A mummy again endued with animation could not be so hideous as that wretch. I had gazed on him while unfinished; he was ugly then; but when those muscles and joints were rendered capable of motion, it became a thing such as even Dante could not have conceived." VICTOR At this point, the creature becomes a monster. First of all, there are a number of reasons why we can say that Frankenstein is a monster within himself. To begin with, he created the monster from death; something considered, in our world, to be something wrong. To make this fact worse, he stole the limbs and organs he needed, so he can be viewed as a thief as well as an abuser of the knowledge he possesses. ...read more.

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Up until the conclusion of the story, Victor says nothing of his flaws, yet the first time the monster is able to speak; he acknowledges that he has faults, physically and mentally, as we all do. The parent/child relationship between them is reversed at this stage because the monster is ordering Victor to grant his request, although by asking this, he is being selfish, who is to say that his created companion will want to love him and be with him? This is a quality that is seen in Victor from the beginning. The monster has ideas about what love is and what is should be, taken from the DeLaceys - even though they are in poverty, they love each other and are happy. In fact, loneliness is not necessarily implied when a person is alone, but loneliness can breed in large groups of people. The monster, even though he is demanding of Victor, is pleading for help and does not have the power to give himself what he thinks he needs to be happy. He has no one else to turn to. Shelley uses a number of double negatives, such as in the second quote above; "you must not refuse to concede"; which could stand for the monster and Victor. During the third quote, Victor is experiencing what it is like to be the monster. Because of his appearance, he does not deserve sympathy or any sort of compassion. Does this make Victor a more terrible person that the monster? So far, I have only explored the reasons for Frankenstein being the monster. What I have written has no relevance what so ever to the 21st century, or does it? Victor, in a late piece of his narrative, refers twice to the consequences of his actions and how his scientific discoveries would affect the future. "A race of devils would be propagated upon the earth, who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror. ...read more.

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Finally, in 1970, he was able to continue his studies at the University of L�beck, which he completed there in 1973. In 1974, he received his license to practice medicine before moving to the University of Heidelberg, where he completed his doctorate in the Department of Anaesthetics and Emergency Medicine in 1975. It was in Heidelberg in 1977 where he invented the basic technologies for forced infusion of anatomical specimens with reactive plastics especially developed for this purpose and he founded the Institute for Plastination in 1993. Since 1996 he has been visiting professor at the School of Medicine in Dalian in China and Director of the Plastination Centre at the State Medical Academy in Bishkek/Kirgizstan where he was awarded the title of an honorary professor. Bastei L�bbe published a biography about Gunther von Hagens with the title "Immortal, at last" (Original title: "Endlich unsterblich") in German, authers, Nina Kleinschmidt and Henri Wagner. Some people would say that Professor von Hagens is a modern-day Frankenstein, especially after the public autopsy he demonstrated. I did not see it, but would very much have liked to. I have heard stories concerning it, such as the fact that people felt so sickened at the sight that they fled the room. It can therefore be seen that far from being an outdated notion, Frankenstein and all that he represents has tremendous relevance to us in the 21st century. Man has always sought to change or better his world and technology has enabled this kind of activity to happen with ever increasing speed. Although the morality of many of these changes is hotly debated, these changes continue. In the same way that Victor continued relentlessly with his project, so do we. Perhaps the final word should be that of caution. In the same way that the monster destroyed Victor Frankenstein, we may end up allowing technology to destroy us. 2,805 words, excluding quotes Hari Long English 10AG Miss Bradbury I used www.bodyworlds.com for information concerning BodyWorlds and Professor von Hagens. 1 1 ...read more.

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