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Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' looks at the consequences of mans attempts to meddle in the creation of life. In the 21st century, with its scientific and technological advancements does her story still have an important message for humankind?

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Steven Foster Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' looks at the consequences of mans attempts to meddle in the creation of life. In the 21st century, with its scientific and technological advancements does her story still have an important message for humankind? In Frankenstein Mary Shelley is trying to convey many messages, but the most important one of these is that it is not man's business to do the jobs of the gods which is why Victor Frankenstein tells his story in the first place. I believe that it is still worth hearing this message as we are doing the same thing again; we have the technology to create a human being from scratch and nearly enough to choose what it looks like. Only the other day for example on the news they were showing how scientists could choose the sex of a baby. Mary Shelley intended the book as a warning, the story was told within the book as a warning and it was as if Victor Frankenstein was telling the story to the people of the time. ...read more.

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escaped and have wiped out all other types of bees, like the monster who was intended to be the first of a new race "A new species would bless me as their creator" This quote shows that Victor ignorantly believed that his creation would become a new species and that it would be good. Most of the monsters actions can be explained by a large theory thought up by Mary Shelley's own father it's very relevant as we still have the exact same problem today, his theory was that how people turned out in life was a direct result of their upbringing. The monster was hated and repelled even by his own creator from the very beginning of his life, in contrast to this Elizabeth was treated with love and affection and she turned out to be perfect. Elizabeth is there to be innocent, to represent everything good in Victors' life, "We called each other familiarly by the name of cousin. No word no expression could body forth the kind of relationship in which she stood to me - my more than sister, since till her death she was to be mine only". ...read more.

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The language used is explicitly religious, as when he refers to his "guardian angel". It is written also in the romantic tradition which means that the views of the author would have been very different to those of the rest of society as the "Romantics" lived on the very fringes of decent society and obeyed their hearts, much more like our times than theirs, and did as they liked. Her views are still correct in the 21st century as the general view is that it is wrong to create human beings artificially and there are laws preventing it from happening. When Mary Shelley was writing peoples lives were based around religion many of the laws were based on religion so many people hoped that science was wrong as it disproves religion, but also they hoped that it was correct as it was helping to cure diseases. Today almost all people believe in science so our views have changed but many issues have not. I believe that Frankenstein still has an important message for mankind as it tells us not to meddle in things that we have no business meddling with and that we should not create life without thinking about the consequences. ...read more.

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